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Mohammed Soudani

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Born on May 7, 1949, in El-Assam, Algeria. After graduating from IDHEC, he worked as a cameraman for Algerian Radio Television from 1970 to 1971. He moved to Switzerland in 1972. Since 1976 he has worked as a cameraman at Polivideo SA in Locarno. After training in the United States in 1987, he began directing. He shot numerous television programmes, filming all the Monte Carlo circus seasons from 1981 to 1988, as well as numerous operas from the Arena in Verona (Turandot, Otello, Madame Butterfly, Il Trovatore, Tosca, and Aida, among others) and various musical programmes (The Montreux Festival 1977, 1978, 1980 - Alvin Ailey, Al Jarreau, Herbie Hancock, BB King, and others). In cinema, he was responsible for the camerawork on films such as Antigone, Le trésor dans la cheminée, or Au nom du Christ, by Roger Gnoan M’Bala (Grand Prix Fespaco 1993, Prix Afrique en Création 1993, and shown in official competition at Locarno in 1993, Special Prize Cinema and Gioventu). He also did camerawork on many publicity films and African documentaries. As a director, he created advertising spots, video clips and credit sequences for Ivory Coast Television. He has directed various news reports for Italian Swiss Television. Among his documentaries, three 16mm short subjects are worth mention: Nawa, l’homme et l’eau (1989), Yiribakro (1991), and Abidjan, ville de contraste (1991), and two full-length documentaries : Hommages (1992), devoted to the construction of the Yamoussoukro basilica in the Ivory Coast, and Murales (1992). He made his first full-length documentary, Waalo Fendo, in 1997, followed by Storytellers and War Without Images.

Website of Amka Productions, which produced Soudani’s film War Without Images.

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