Moustapha Alassane




Born in N'Dougou, Niger, Moustapha Alassane first obtained a degree in Mechanics. In Niamey, he learned cinematographic techniques with Jean Rouch, who helped him to study animation with Norman McLaren in Canada. He was the creator of the first animated films from sub-Saharan Africa. The frog, the main character in his animations, highlighted his satirical eye on the social habits of his country. Many of his works also used moral satire to denounce the thirst for power and “new wealth” in Africa. He directed approximately thirty animations, documentaries and fiction films. Retrospectives of his films have been presented in the most important festivals around the world. He led the Department of Cinema of the University of Niamey for fifteen years, and was awarded the French Legion of Honor during the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Alassane passed away in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in March 2015.


La Bague du roi Koda (1962)
Aouré (1962)
La Pileuse de mil (1962)
Le Piroguier (1962)
L’Arachide de Sanchira (1964)
La Mort du Gandji (1965)
Return of an Adventurer / Le Retour d’un aventurier (1966)
Bon voyage, Sim (1966)
Malbaza (1967)
Les Contrebandiers (1969)
Deela ou El Barka le conteur (1970)
Jamyya (1971)
F.V.V.A.: Femmes, Villas, Voitures, Argent (1972)
Abimbola ou Shaki (1972)
Siberi (1973)
Soubane (1974)
Toula ou Le Génie des eaux (1974)
Zaboa (1975)
Samba le grand (1977)
Agwane, mon village (1982)
Kankamba ou Le Semeur de discorde (1982)
Gourimou (1982)
Kokoa (1985)
Soolo (2000)
Adieu, Sim (2001)
Les Magiciens de l’Ader (2001)
Agaissa (2001)
Tagimba (2003)

Films Curated by AFF