Annouchka de Andrade
Annouchka de Andrade was the artistic director of the International Film Festival of Amiens from 2017 to 2022. The film festival focuses on auteur cinema and African and South American films. With over 30 years of experience, she has worked in international cultural cooperation with a strong focus on audio-visuals, cultural heritage and production in France, Spain, Columbia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Peru and Equador.
She has provided technical assistance to filmmaker Sarah Maldoror in the last 20 years. Together with her sister Henda Ducados she developed a project to preserve and share the work of their parents Sarah Maldoror and poet, writer and politician Mario de Andrade, which bears witness to the path of two individuals who fought for African independence and cultural emancipation. Crucial to this project is the restoration of films and the archiving of documents, correspondences, manuscripts and unknown screenplays.
Cao Guimarães works on the crossing between cinema and the visual arts. Since the late 80s his work has featured at major film festivals around the world, including Locarno, Cannes, Rotterdam, Sundance and Venice, and has been exhibited and acquired by prominent museums such as the Tate Modern in London, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Inhotim Institute in Belo Horizonte, Jumex collection in Mexico City, and Fondation Cartier in Paris.
Guimarães participated in important exhibitions such as the São Paulo Biennial, Brazil; Insite Biennial, Mexico; Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, USA; Tropicália: The 60s in Brazil, Austria; and Sharjah Biennial 11 Film Program, United Arab Emirates. The retrospective Ver é uma fábula (2013) exhibited most of the artist’s works in Itaú Cultural, Brazil. Guimarães is the author of ten feature films. Retrospectives of his films were held by MoMA, New York (2011) and Buenos Aires International Film Festival and Mexico’s Cinematheque (2014). In 2017, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam opened a major exhibition and retrospective of his work.
Kirsten Johnson is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. Her next project is a scripted feature film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Susan Sontag. Her previous film, Dick Johnson Is Dead premiered at Sundance 2020, where it won the Jury Prize for Innovation in Nonfiction Storytelling. The film won the Primetime Emmy for Directing, made the Oscar shortlist, is distributed by The Criterion Collection, and is currently showing on Netflix.
Her previous film, Cameraperson, named in The New York Times' Best Movies of 2016 was also shortlisted for the Academy Award. Her Field of Vision short, The Above was nominated for the IDA's Best Short Award for 2016. Her camerawork appears in Academy Award winner Citizenfour, Academy nominated The Invisible War, and Cannes Winner Fahrenheit 9/11. She is one of the only 5% of women members of the American Society of Cinematographers.
Kivu Ruhorahoza is an international multi-award-winning filmmaker and artist. He has directed 11 short and feature films which have screened globally at prestigious festivals including FESPACO, Sundance, Berlinale, IDFA, Tribeca, Rotterdam, among others. His installations have been featured at the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Institute for Contemporary Art in London among others.
His debut feature Grey Matter (2011), which examines trauma in the aftermath of the genocide in his home country Rwanda, gained a Special Jury mention in the Tribeca World Narrative Competition. Other films include Father's Day (Berlinale Encounters Competition 2022), Europa, Based on a True Story (IDFA International Competition 2019), and Things of the Aimless Wanderer (Sundance New Frontier Program 2015). Kivu is the 2022-2023 Stewart McMillan Residential Fellow at Harvard University.