Born in Niger, the award winner, Rahmatou keïta is the daughter of the sahel. she is a descendant of its oldest dynasty, the one of sundjata keïta as she puts it. She is one of the true essences of the Sahelian countries:
she is Fulani, Songhay, and Mandigo. After studying philosophy and linguistics in Paris, she started her career in France. Before becoming a movie director, she made a name for herself 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 created 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 the Cannes film festival and won the sojourner truth award. al’lèèssi… received several awards such as the best documentary award at Montreal, fifai and won the public award at Geneva.
A committed militant of the African social cause, Rahmatou Keïta is a founding member of the Pan African Association for Culture (ASPAC) and takes an active part in the dialogue of cultures and civilizations. Zin’naariyâ! (The Wedding Ring) is her latest film.