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Biography

Called « The new reference of the 7th Art in Africa » by Forbes Africa, « The new prodigy of the Ivorian cinema » by Elle Magazine Ivory Coast, and most recently mentioned in the list of the « 100 Most Influent persons in Africa in 2017 » by New African Magazine, Alexandra Amon is well on her way to become one of Africa's brightest filmmakers.

In just seven years, the French-born Ivorian has managed to establish herself as a successful TV producer, screenwriter and actress since she emerged in 2014 with the award-winning TV serie "Chroniques Africaines" in which she made her acting debut.

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Paris), Alexandra spent her childhood in Paris and consecutively lived in Ivory Coast and the United States where she completed her high school and secondary studies. Daughter of an Ambassador, Alexandra is the youngest child of a family of four siblings.

Her first encounter with acting and stage was at the age of 11, when she brilliantly performed the character of Harpagon in L' Avare of French legendary playwright Molière during her French class, for which she earned a grade of 19/20; during her high school years at Lycée Blaise Pascal and College Jean Mermoz of Abidjan, she developed a keen passion for literature, foreign languages and the arts. After earning her Baccalaureat (high school diploma) in French Litterature & foreign languages, she moved to the United States to attend college. Alexandra speaks three languages fluently - French, English and Spanish.

In May 2006, she graduated from New York's art school, Pratt Institute, with a B.F.A in Communication Design, but chose to return to her home country in 2008 to start her filmmaking career. It was after an internship at American photographer David La Chapelle' studio in New York, during her senior year at Pratt in 2006 that her path to becoming a filmmaker became clear ; she decided to pursue a career in film instead of advertising.

In 2012, Alexandra founded her film production company ZIV based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with the purpose of developing both television and feature film projects. Since its inception, ZIV has catered to international channels such as Canal + Afrique, Nollywood TV, TV5 Monde, StarTimes, and most recently BET France, Nigeria's Red TV, with productions broadcast across the continent and overseas and dubbed in several languages. In an industry dominated by middle-aged producers, her first major achievement came when she became the first and youngest female producer from Ivory Coast to have signed a deal with French broadcasting giant Canal + at their African channel launch in Abidjan in 2014. Her talent and professionalism have been rewarded multiple times. In 2013, she was selected to join other women directors in a documentary competition led by Canal + Afrique « L' Afrique au Féminin » ; she wrote, directed and produced the documentary "Fashion for Change" featuring African designers Loza Maléombho and Pathé Ouedraogo; In early 2015, she was named future TV & cinema leader by the British Foreign Affair Ministry's International Leaders program in march of the same year she won the award for Best TV Serie at 2015 the prestigious Fespaco Film festival for the critically acclaimed Chroniques Africaines.

In 2017, the web series that she created and stars in 'Boutique Hotel' became the first Ivorian TV show to broadcast on an international network : BET ( Black Entertainment Television ). 

Her new romantic comedy series « 20.30.40 » is set to air mid-2018 on RTI the Ivorian national broadcaster, and Alexandra will star in two new feature films to be released in theaters in 2018 throughout Africa.

 
Filmography

FASHION FOR CHANGE Documentary (2013) ( Canal + )

CHRONIQUES AFRICAINES (2015) 

BOUTIQUE HOTEL (2017) 

20.30.40 (2018)

NOUS 3 (2018)

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Author: Alexandra AMON