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CLASS OF 2010: STEPHEN ABBOTT | DIRTY LAUNDRY | SOUTH AFRICA

Stephen Abbott is a writer, director, photographer and editor. He likes travel, coffee, stories, mountains, movies, music, and some other things.

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CLASS OF 2010: DAOUDA COULIBALY | TINYE SO | MALI

Daouda Coulibaly is a young French-Malian director. After studying economics and a few years working on editing for TV, he decided to become a filmmaker. In 2009 he made his first short film, Il était une fois l’indépendance (A HISTORY OF INDEPENDENCE), inspired by an African folk tale.

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CLASS OF 2010: MATTHEW JANKES | UMKHUNGO | SOUTH AFRICA

Matthew Jankes is an aspiring filmmaker born and raised in South Africa. He studied film through the University of Cape Town and the South African School of Motion Picture Medium (AFDA), training in writing, directing and cinematography. In between making short films he directs, shoots and edits music videos. He is currently doing a re-write on a feature length script, with a view to hopefully direct it in mid 2011. He is a big sports fan and his second love, other than movie making, is too argue about politics with anyone who’ll listen.

CLASS OF 2009: JENNA BASS | THE TUNNEL | SOUTH AFRICA

Jenna Bass is a graduate (2007) of AFDA film school, Cape Town. At 22 years old she has worked as a director, writer, cinematographer, photographer and magician. She has directed over ten short films, and seven music videos. Her video, Hold The Sorrow, was accepted into the 2008 ViMus International Music Video Festival. Her 25min film, The Tunnel, was selected for the Focus Features Africa First Program and was completed this year. Her work has run the spectrum of sci-fi (So Long to the City), experimental (Jellyfish), teenage coming of age (Already Gone) and historical magical realism (The Tunnel). She is currently developing her first feature length projects: 5.6 Second of White Noise (a multi-narrative following a group of teenagers in the 1994 club scene of Durban), Tok Tokkie (a supernatural thriller about ghost-welfare inspectors) and Flat Land (a surreal Karoo-set western). Jenna’s singular ambition is to make movies: to create the magic that glows in darkened theaters before blazing out into the real world.

WANURI KAHIU | PUMZI | KENYA

In 2008, Wanuri completed her first feature film From A Whisper based on the real life events surrounding the August 7, twin bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. The film recently won awards at the Africa Movie Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture, the Golden Dhow award for Best East African Picture at Zanzibar International Film Festival and Best Film at Kalasha, Kenya Film and TV awards. Shortly after she completed a documentary about the life of Nobel peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai entitled For Our Land (2009) for M-Net ‘Great Africans’ Series.