Top 100 African Directorsby minalex | created - 02 May 2013 | updated - 6 months ago | Public
Directors from Egypt (51), South Africa (17), Algeria (7), Senegal (5), Morocco (3), Tunisia (3), Burkina Faso (2), Cameroon (2), Mali (2), Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Niger and Uganda.
4. Anwar Wagdi
Actor | Ghazal al-banat
Anwar Wagdi was born on October 11, 1904 in Cairo, Egypt as Mohamed Anwar Yehia Al Fattal Wagdi. He was an actor and director, known for The Flirtation of Girls (1949), Eternel Love (1951) and The Millionaire (1950). He was married to Layla Fawzi, Laila Mourad and Elham Hussein. He died on May 14, ...
Director | Iskanderija... lih?
Youssef Chahine (born in Alexandria, Egypt, 1926) started studying in a friars' school, and then turned to English College until the High School Certificate. After one year in the University of Alexandria, he moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Pasadena Play House, taking courses on film ...
Writer | El rajul el thani
Izzuddin Dhulfeqar was born on October 28, 1919 in Cairo, Egypt. He was a writer and director, known for The Second Man (1959), The Road of Hope (1958) and Among the Ruins (1959). He was married to Kawsar Shafik and Faten Hamamah. He died on July 1, 1963 in Cairo.
17. Jans Rautenbach
Director | Jannie totsiens
Born in Boksburg in 1936, Jans Rautenbach is arguably South Africa's most celebrated and, at the same time, most controversial filmmaker. He began his career in the film industry working for Jamie Uys Film Productions and can be glimpsed as a bar patron in Emil Nofal's Kimberley Jim.
When Emil Nofal...
21. Tewfik Saleh
Director | Al-makhdu'un
The director of seven shorts and seven full-length feature films, Saleh graduated in 1949 in English literature and was trained in cinema in Paris until 1951. Tewfik Saleh's oeuvre is the only one in Egyptian cinema which may be considered purely "Third Worldist". All his films deal with social ...
Director | Touki-Bouki
Born the son of a Muslim cleric in Colobane, near Dakar, Senegal, Djibril Diop Mambéty received no formal training in filmmaking. He experimented with theater, but in 1968, he was asked to leave an avant-garde theater group. Shortly thereafter, he made his first film short called Badou Boy (1970), ...
25. Ousmane Sembene
Director | Moolaadé
The first film director from an African country to achieve international recognition, Ousmane Sembene remains the major figure in the rise of an independent post-colonial African cinema. Sembene's roots were not, as might be expected, in the educated élite. After working as a mechanic and ...
30. Haile Gerima
Director | Teza
Halie Gerima arrived in the United States from his native Gondar, Ethiopia, to study acting and directing at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois. He later transferred to the Theater Department at UCLA where he completed the Master's Program in Film. Afterward, he relocated to Washington, DC, ...
34. Jamie Uys
Director | The Gods Must Be Crazy
Jamie Uys was an internationally acclaimed film director who completed 24 films. Prizes for his work included the 1981 Grand Prix at the Festival International du Film de Comedy Vevey for 'The Gods Must be Crazy' and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association award for best documentary in 1974 for '...
36. Gaston Kaboré
Director | Zan Boko
Kabore started out as a history student at the Centre d'Etudes Superieures d'Histoire d'Ouagadougou and continued his studies in Paris where he received an MA. During his studies he became interested in how Africa was portrayed abroad, which then led him, in 1974, to study cinematography at the ...
41. Ross Devenish
Ross Devenish was born on November 15, 1939 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is a director and assistant director, known for The Guest: An Episode in the Life of Eugène Marais (1977), Marigolds in August (1980) and Goal! The World Cup (1966).
45. John Akomfrah
Director | The Nine Muses
Ghana born John Akomfrah is known for his experimental documentaries and video installations on the subjects of race, migration, and slavery in the encounters between European colonisers and African subjects.In the 1980s working in London, he helped found the Black Audio Film Collective and later ...
Director | Guimba, un tyran une époque
Born in 1945 in San (in Ségou, the 4th region of Mali). Has studied filmmaking at the Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière (National School Louis Lumière), Paris. Worked as filmaker at the Centre National de Production Cinématographique (CNPC) in Mali, when he returned. Has created, with other young ...
49. Mohamed Khan
Director | Banat wist el-balad
The director Mohamed Khan was born on October 26th 1942. He completed his high school in Egypt, then traveled to England where he earned his diploma in 1962. He directed several movies in 8mm. He went back to Egypt in 1963 & worked as script writer in a Cairo production company. Worked in Lebanon ...
52. Cedric Sundstrom
Director | Captive Rage
Cedric Sundstrom was born in South Africa of Swedish decent. From the age of 13 he started making films on 8mm with friends in the neighborhood. After college he worked in the theatre as an actor and stage manager. He got to work as an assistant director on international films made in South Africa....
54. Jean-Marie Téno
Director | Clando
Jean-Marie Teno, Africa's preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel...
56. Khairy Beshara
Director | Moondog
He was born on June 30, 1947 in Tanta, Egypt when his mother was going to visit some relatives in this Delta town north of Cairo. He lived until he was five years old in the countryside as the eldest of four siblings. The family had to move to Cairo for school and He grew up in the popular ...
57. Richard Stanley
Writer | Hardware
Richard Stanley is the award-winning South African-born filmmaker, who made a name of himself with his first feature film, the sci-fi movie Hardware (1990). A low budget movie about a mad-dog android loose in an apartment was released in 1990. Critics slammed it as a Terminator rip-off, yet the ...
61. Moufida Tlatli
Editor | Samt el qusur
Was raised in Tunisia in a tradition-oriented family. It was in high school, thanks to her philosophy teacher, who ran a film club, that she developed a taste for the cinema. After graduating from the IDHEC film school in 1968, in the editing department, she went back to live in Tunisia in 1972. ...
67. Moussa Touré
Director | TGV
Born in 1958 in Sénégal, Moussa Touré starts working early for the cinema. Debuting as a technician he soon turns to direction, with a first short in 1987 and a first feature in 1991, the multi-awarded Toubab Bi (1991). As of 1987 he creates his own production firm "Les Films du Crocodile" through ...
68. Nabil Ayouch
Producer | Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue
Nabil Ayouch was born April 1st 1969 in Paris. He works and lives in Casablanca. In 1997, Nabil Ayouch directed his first feature film, MEKTOUB which, like ALI ZAOUA (2000) represented Morocco at the Oscars. Next came UNE MINUTE DE SOLEIL EN MOINS (2003) and WHATEVER LOLA WANTS (2008), produced by ...
A French-Moroccan director.
73. Oliver Schmitz
Director | Le secret de Chanda
Oliver Schmitz is an award-winning South African director. He has, with his film Life Above All, been shortlisted for "Best Foreign Film" at the academy awards and received accolades from the likes of Roger Ebert. His 1980s gangster drama Mapantsula has become a classic and is taught in film ...
82. Rachid Bouchareb
Director | Cheb
A French-Algerian director
85. Steven Silver
Director | The Last Just Man
A writer, director and producer, Steven began his career in the South African film industry, before writing and co-producing Gerrie & Louise, an International Emmy award-winning, feature-length documentary for the CBC in 1997. As a director, his documentaries include several projects for the ...
87. Nabwana I.G.G.
Writer | Bad Black
Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG) produces, directs, shoots, writes, and edits action films from his home in the slums of Wakaliga, Uganda.
A self-taught filmmaker, IGG's film education consists of one course in computer repair (he was forced to drop out after the first month due to lack of funds...
88. Ahmad Abdalla
Director | Microphone
Born in Cairo 19 December 1979, Graduated from the Faculty of Music Education, worked as a film editor from 2003 .living in Cairo - Egypt. Heliopolis was his first long feature film which was considered as one of the beginnings of the Egyptian independent cinema new wave. Still occasionally ...
91. Amr Salama
Director | Asmaa
Amr Salama has directed and written 4 feature films, including On A Day Like Today (2008), Asmaa (2011), which received more than 20 international awards, Excuse My French (2014) which received more than 15 awards, only directed Made In Egypt (2014) and only wrote Snapshot (2012). Salama ...
92. Ayten Amin
Director | Villa 69
Ayten Amin is a director and assistant director, known for Villa 69 (2013), Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician (2011) and Cairo, Visions of Hope.
95. Marwan Hamed
Director | Omaret yakobean
Marwan Hamed is a young Egyptian film director, He is the son of author Wahid Hamed and journalist Zeinab Sweidan. He was graduated from the higher institution of cinema in 1999. He has worked as a director assistant for The directors Samir Saif and Sherif Arafa. He Directed short films and one of ...
97. Mohamed Diab
Writer | Eshtebak
Mohamed Diab is an award-winning writer and director, who's work is often centered on pressing issues concerning Egyptian society.
He's known for his directorial debut film Cairo 678 (Les Femmes du bus 678), which was released a month before the Egyptian revolution and was deemed by the New York ...
99. Hani Khalifa
Director | Sahar el layaly
Hani Khalifa born originally in upper Egypt and started as an assistant director in movies such as "Joy Thief" and "Nut Shells". In 2003 he made his directorial directorial debut"Sahar Al Layali" or "Sleepless Nights", the movie had a critical acclaim in Festivals like Cairo International festival ...
100. Yasir Al-Yasiri
Director | 122
Yasir AlYasiri is a director, producer & writer, known for On Borrowed Time (2018) , 122 (2019) and Murk Light (2012). Yasir is renowned for his work in the Arab entertainment industry as a music video director as he had ten awards under his belt before his film debut with Murk Light (2013), which ...