Location: Lecture Theatre 2 . University of Mauritius
Date: Saturday 10 October 2015 . 10h30>12h30
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Newton I. Aduaka
Patron of the 8th edition of ïle courts Festival
The masterclass, is an occasion for film professionals and aficionados to revolutionize their own ideas about cinema through a close encounter with a major filmmaker. For the Anglo-Nigerian director and producer Newton I. Aduaka, which the English daily The Independent, has ranked as one of the 50 greatest living African artists, the cinema is, above everything else, a shout to the world, a necessity, an act of transgression. His first transgressive step is, as he explains it, to have turned to independent cinema, one that allows him to have an intimate relationship with his actors as well as complete freedom in the way he directs his films. This way is shaped by his worldview, which makes for a very personal mixture of reality and fiction. During his stay in Mauritius, Newton I. Aduaka offers to share with us, in a warm and open manner, his vision of cinema.
« « My camera is tied to my characters’ emotions. It follows their movement. When it finds a sense of clarity and calmness, the camera stops. We all keep ourselves from dealing with reality by staying in motion ».
Born in 1966 in Ogidi, in eastern Nigeria. At the end of the Biafran Civil War in 1970, his family moves to Lagos. In 1985, he flies to England to study engineering but ends up discovering cinema there and getting admitted to the London International Film School, from where he graduates in 1990.
Seven years later, he founds Granite Filmworks, the British branch of Granit Films. The same year, he writes, directs and produces the award-winning short film On The Edge, and this is followed by his first feature-length work, Rage.
In 2001, Rage. is the first completely independent film of British cinema history directed by a black filmmaker to be released on a national scale, and it receives very positive critical feedback. The same year, selected as resident artist of Cannes’ Cinéfondation, Newton Aduaka moves to Paris.
Between 2004 and 2010, Global Dialogue solicits four short films from Aduaka to raise awareness about AIDs prevention. These films are translated into numerous languages and used as pedagogical tools throughout the world.
With Ezra in 2007, Newton I. Aduaka wins the Yennega Golden Stallion at the FESPACO, the highest honour for an African filmmaker. The premiere of Ezra is hosted at the international section of the Sundance Festival. The film is also nominated for the Humanitas Prize and given a special screening at the International Film Critics’ Week in Cannes. Ezra has been selected in more than a hundred festivals throughout the world and has won more than 20 awards, including 6 major ones and that of the FIPRESCI. It has been named as one of the most peace-promoting films ever made, which has granted it the United Nations Prize for Peace and Tolerance.
In 2007, Aduaka is invited to host a masterclass at Cannes, and in 2008, the Berlin Film Festival asks him, as expert, to come participate in a debate about film aesthetics at the Berlin Talent Campus. He has also sat on multiple juries. In 2008 itself, he is invited to present a TED talk entitled “Africa: The Next Chapter” in Arusha, Tanzania.
One Man’s Show, his third feature film, was premiered at the FESPACO in 2013, where it won the critics’ award. The American premiere took place at the Mill Valley Festival.
The British daily The Independent has named Aduaka as one of the 50 greatest living African artists. He currently resides in Paris, where he has co-founded the production company Granit Films with Alain Gomis and Valérie Osouf.