Film director Ramadan Suleman awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres [fr]
On 13 November 2014, Ambassador Barbier awarded South African film director Ramadan Suleman "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres".
About Ramadan Suleman
Born in 1955 in South Africa, Ramadan Suleman studied at the School for Research in African Theatre and continued his career in theater as an actor and director. As an activist, he founded the Dhlomo Theatre in Johannesburg, which was the first Black theatre in South Africa.
After studying film in Paris and London, he worked as assistant director with two of Africa’s legendary filmmakers: Med Hondo on Lumière Noire and Souleymane Cissé on Waati. He then directed various short movies and documentaries. His first feature film, Fools, was selected in numerous film festivals and awarded with various prizes among which the Silver Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1997. The award-winning Lettre d’amour zoulou / Zulu Love Letter (2004) and the documentary Zwelidumile (2010) are his most recent films.
He is copresident of the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) and executive member of the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO).
About the Order of Arts and Letters
The Order of Arts and Letters is a French decoration of honour established in 1957 and given by the French ministry of Culture. The award is given to recognise significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields, in France and abroad.
There are three levels: knight, officer and commander.
South Africans who have been awarded the order : Johnny Clegg (1991), William Kentridge (2013) and Noami Morgan (soon to receive).