Gabriel Souleyka is an author, screenwriter, filmmaker, and martial artist, a graduate of the prestigious Inosanto Academy, started by Bruce Lee in Los Angeles. He has been passionate about film since his teen years, starting work in California as a prop assistant on several major series, and was hired as a staff writer on an Aaron Spelling production. While living in Los Angeles, he studied at the Actors Studio.
When he moved back to France, he worked on several projects with celebrated producers and was in demand as a script doctor. As a young screenwriter, he worked in both film and TV including important international projects.
In 2020, Gabriel published his first historical novel, Le Cri de l’Innocence, based on the life of Solitude, a slave in Guadeloupe, hanged by the French, 24 hours after giving birth to her son. He recently finished his second historical novel, Voleur d’âmes, based on the lives of a Senegalese couple who, during WWII found themselves in Auschwitz.
Gabriel is a versatile writer whose preferred writing subjects are centered around the African experience. He is an Afro-feminist committed to highlighting black stories and culture.
Gabriel lives in Paris and is currently working on several film and TV projects.
Twenty-seven year old Salif Cisse began his acting and screenwriting career while still in high school, where he discovered his passion for the stage. He attended local conservatories before being admitted to the prestigious Conservatoire Nationale Supérieure d'Art Dramatique de Paris (National Academy of Dramatic Arts) in 2017. During that time, he staged his first project, High Sign (Lewis John Carlino) at the Cartes Blanches Festival.
From there he went on to be cast in 2019 by Guillaume Brac in his film, All Hands on Deck. Salif starred in his own original mini-series, Couronnes, directed by Julien Carpentier and produced by Golden Network. He is one of the lead roles in the upcoming Netflix series, Endless Night directed by David Perrault, due out in 2022.
Rachid Badouri is a Canadian comedian.
Badouri was born to immigrants of Moroccan Berber origin. He studied at College Montmorency in Laval, Quebec where he had his first experience on stage. In 1999, he had a major appearance at Just for Laughs (Juste Pour Rire) festival in Montreal with a presentation about immigration. He also appeared in a number of comedic advertisements in Quebec media (television, radio, print media).
In October 2007, he launched his first one-man show entitled Arrête ton cinéma! .
Sokhna Diallo is a French child actress of Senegalese descent. She has already garnered quite a few well-known awards at only 14 years old. She was by far the most promising French actress of her age group.
Sokhna played the lead role in Maimouna Doucoure's film, Mother(s), which won a French Cesar in 2017 for Best Short Film. The film went on to win similarly at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. Sokhna is the youngest actress to have ever won Best Actress at Berlin FestShorts.
In addition, she won a Vienna Independent Shorts Film Festival Special Mention for Best Actress, the Mecal Barcelona International Shorts and Animation Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and a Congo Festicab Award.
In 2017, Sokhna was a part of the Ascension cast, her first feature film project, that went on to become a blockbuster hit in France. Sokhna currently lives in Paris.
Toyin I. Adekeye
A genius on a journey with elite vision & creative ability, who graduated from the Los Angeles Film School Hollywood, an artist with eyes for detail & passion for perfection.
This Nigerian born Los Angeles based award-winning director is the founder of Motherland Productions USA. He grew up in a rural community around a family who were cultured storytellers and lovers of art. He aspired to be a lawyer but after losing his father at a young age, he assumed responsibility early in life by assisting his mother in keeping the family together. In 2001, he migrated to the United States where he worked multiple jobs before he found his feet & later created Tomi International Inc in 2006 and Keyes Diagnostic Center in 2008.
Living in Los Angeles the worlds capital of filmmaking, he witnessed the power of moving images first hand & disapprove of how African stories were being told, he felt the urge & the need to tell those stories from a different perspective, he then sponsored himself through film school where he graduated top of his class as valedictorian of the Los Angeles Film School Hollywood class of 2012.
Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye has worked and traveled around the world acquiring knowledge in the world of art and cinema, some of his early credits are in “Whole ‘Nother Level” “Pitch Black” “You” “Deadly Silence” which have screened globally & on a world stage like the Cannes Marche du Film. His recent documentary “Bigger Than Africa” was nominated for the African Movie Academy Award 2018, this documentary has screened worldwide, won multiple awards around the globe and earned screening invitations from Ivy League schools like Yale.
He strongly believes the combination of his earlier rural upbringing in Africa & his adult life in the city of the United States shaped his storytelling ability & perspectives.
Mounia Aram is a professional in the animation industry with more than 19 years of experience.
She started her career at ShoPro Entertainment in 2003, a San Francisco-based company that specialized in Japanese animation.
She launched Mounia Aram Company in 2019, a company that specialized in African animation. With her network and wide experience, Mounia wants to build a bridge between Africa and the international market, by pitching animated projects to producers for coproduction and to broadcasters for distribution.
In 2020, Mounia became a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy Awards).
In 2021, she joined the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media as “Africa Council Chair”. In November 2021, she became the recipient of the Black Women Animate Cultural Innovator Award also won the
In 2022, Mounia opened her Animation Studio in Agadir, Morocco.
Mounia is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) organizer of the Emmy Awards since 2020