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Roger Gnoan M’Bala

…Sattar Alwan | Hanny Tchelley-Etibou…

Born in 1943 in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast. He went to France to study at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma in Paris and later, for the same reason, also in Sweden. In 1970 he directed Kundum, his first black-and-white short documentary. In the following years he shot five short- and medium-length fiction films. Among them, Amanie (1972) received the biggest critical acclaim and numerous awards including the FIFEF award and the Silver Tanit at the Carthage Film Festival. Encouraged by the success of the shorts, he made his first feature, The Hat in 1975. In the beginning of the 1980s he returned to documentaries, shooting two films, and in 1984 he made his second feature, Ablakon. In just his third feature, In the Name of Christ (1993) he won the youth award at the Locarno Film Festival and the Yennenga award at FESPACO, and received wider international recognition. Andanggaman (2000) is his fourth feature.

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