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Top 5 influential African filmmakers you need to know

June 30, 2019 at 01:33 pm | Entertainment

Zaina Adamu

Zaina Adamu

June 30, 2019 at 01:33 pm | Entertainment

Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Praised as one of Cameroon’s most influential filmmakers, Jean-Pierre Bekolo flawlessly combines pop culture and politics to produce some of Africa’s most riveting films.

The Cameroonian’s debut film, “Quartier Mozart” premiered at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for its punchy yet playful plot; the film inevitably made him an icon in the making. Shortly after his debut film’s success, he directed “Aristotle’s Plot,” which included the participation of artists like Scorsese, Bertolucci and Godard, and the political thriller “Les Saignantes,” which is considered Africa’s first sci-fi movie. The movie was nominated for two categories at the 2009 French Césars.

In addition to directing film, he also teaches at the University of California, Chapel Hill and Duke University.

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