Born in Niger, the award winner, Rahmatou Keïta is a daughter of the Sahel. She is descendant of its oldest dynasty, the one of Sundjata Keïta. As she puts it, she is of the true essence of the Sahelian countries : She is Fulaani, Songhoy and Mandigo.
After studying philosophy and linguistics in Paris, she started her career in France. Before becoming a movie director, she made herself a name as a journalist for European TV channels.
With the team of the TV Magazine “L’Assiette Anglaise”, on French television France 2, they won the prestigious “7d’Or” Award.
In 1993, she decided to devote her time to her true passions: writing and directing. She went on to direct documentary films. She directs short films and create the TV series Femmes d’Afrique (Women from Africa) (26 x 26 minutes episodes – 1993-1997), screened on national channels in Africa. With friends, Rahmatou Keïta started Sonrhay Empire Productions, to produce films “off” beaten tracks.
In 2005, her first feature film AL'LÈÈSSI..., about the pioneers of African cinema, was selected at Cannes Film Festival and and won the Sojourner Truth Award. Al’lèèssi… received several awards such as the Best Documentary Award at Montreal, FIFAI and won the Sojourner Truth Award at Cannes. A committed militant of the African cause, Rahmatou Keïta is a founding member of the Panafrican Association for Culture (ASPAC) and takes an active part in the dialogue of cultures and civilisations.
FILMOGRAPHY 2017 - I had this dream (in production) – Feature documentary 75 minutes (Sonrhay Empire Productions)
2016 – Zin’aariyâ! (The Wedding Ring) – Feature Fiction 96 minutes (Sonrhay Empire Productions)
2014 - JÍN'NAARIYÂ! (The Golden Ring) - Short fiction 12' AAFF (Tanzania) - Best Short Film
2004 : - Al’lèèssi… – feature documentary 70 minutes - 35mm
Awards: Best documentary Award / Montreal - Public Award / Geneva « Black Movie" - Best Documentary Award /FIFAI - Sojurney Truth Award / Cannes - LAHITZ MEDIA.
Festivals: NYAFF - LAFF - FESPACO - CHICAGO - JCC - CANNES - BERLINALE
2001 : - All about psychanalysts (Les États Généraux de la Psychanalyse) – documentary 90 minutes - (Société de l’Histoire de la Psychanalyse - France)
2000 : - A school day at Gustave Doré (Une journée à l’école Gustave Doré) – documentary 12 minutes - (Sonrhay Empire Productions)
1999 : - Just because of a shot ! ( Le nerf de la douleur) – documentary 26 minutes - (Sonrhay Empire Productions / ORTN - Niger)
1993-1997: = - A serie of 26 programs (26 minutes, each) broadcast on National sTelevisions in Africa
1990 : Djassaree – documentary 13 minutes – (ORTN - Niger)