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Moustapha Alassane, the Magical Filmmaker – A Tribute to Animation from the African Continent

  1. Overview
  2. Description
  3. Fact Sheet

Immerse yourself in the intimate world of this African film legend!

Mechanic, self-taught, and the first Nigerien film director and African animation film director, Moustapha Alassane is said to be born in 1940 in N’Dougou, Niger. His adventure takes us to the days of pre-cinema, magic lantern shows and Chinese shadow puppets. An adventurous and fascinating journey through his freedom of experimentation and extraordinary open-mindedness facing the challenge and reinvention of cinema on African soil.

This documentary, directed by Maria Silvia Bazzoli and Christian Lelong, is also the perfect opportunity to once again witness the history of a generation and a country, Niger’s, in the golden age of its cinema.

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: Moustapha Alassane, cinéaste du possible

    Directed by: Christian LELONG, Maria Silvia BAZZOLI

    Country: France

    Year of production: 2008

    Running time: 01 h 34 min

  • Technique


    Techniques used: live action

    Version: Original French

    Process: Colour

    Target public: 12-15 years, Young adults, Adults

  • Credits

    Directed by: Christian LELONG, Maria Silvia BAZZOLI

    Production: CINÉDOC FILMS

    Camera: Christian Lelong

    Sound: Maria Silvia Bazzoli

    Editing: François Sculier