Mahen Bonetti. She is the founder and Executive Director of African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), a non-profit arts organization founded in 1990.
Mahen Bonetti is the founder and Executive Director of African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF), a non-profit arts organization founded in 1990. AFF showcases works of African filmmakers and develops ways to share the vision and culture of African film with American and international audiences. In her role as film liaison, she contributes to an interdisciplinary mix of panels and programs, including those established by the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ougadougou (FESPACO), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the New York State Council of the Arts, UNDP, Africa's US diplomatic offices and the Rolex Arts Initiative Awards.
"I am a Sierra Leonean who has lived in the United States for the past twenty-five years. I reside in New York with my husband and daughter. After completing my studies, I worked in advertising and later for Weekly News Magazine...."
Mahen Bonetti (interview with Beti Ellerson (c)2000. Sisters of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film, Video and Television).