Senegalese film director and ethnologist Safi Faye, is credited as being the first woman in Sub-Saharan Africa to direct a commercially distributed feature film. A pioneer woman director in the male-dominated realm of African cinema, Safi Fare's film career spans more than 25 years.
Trained as an educator, Faye was introduced to filmmaking by Jean Rouch, the ethnographic filmmaker credited with the term cinema verité. Rouch and Faye met while Faye was working as an official hostess for the 1966 Dakar Festival of Negro Arts.
Prize, Festival International du Film de l'Ensemble Francophone (FIFEF), Geneva, 1975; Georges Sadoul Prize, France, 1975; Special Award, 5th Panafrican Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Burkina Faso, 1976; FIPRESCI International Film Critics Award, Berlin Film Festival, 1976; Award at the Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia, 1980; Special Prize at the Leipzig Film Festival, Germany, 1982; special tribute at the 20th Festival de Femmes de Créteil, France, 1998.
Safi Faye collection:
* La Passante (1972)
* Revanche (1973)
* Kaddu Beykat (1975)
* Fad'jal; Goob na nu (La Récolte est finie) (1979).
* Man Sa Yay (1980)
Les Âmes au soleil (1981)
* Selbé et tant d'autres (1982)
* 3 ans 5 mois (1983).
* Ambassades Nourricières (1984)
* Racines noires (1985)
* Tesito (1989)
* Tournage Mossane (1990)
* Mossane (1996)
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