Alex Moussa Sawadogo
Festival Director

Alex Moussa Sawadogo studied art history in Ouagadougou and cultural management in Hamburg, specialising in dance and film. Worked for numerous cultural institutions and projects in Burkina Faso, among others the pan African film festival FESPACO. After moving to Berlin he acted as press- and cultural attaché at the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Berlin in 2005. Recently he conceived and curated the „Border Border Express“ dance festival (Hebbel am Ufer). Furthermore he co-curated the African films at the International Short Film Festival Winterthur and was artistical advisor for the “Open Doors 2012” program at Festival del Film Locarno. Mr. Sawadogo has since 2007 been the artistical director of the AFRIKAMERA film festival.

Florian Wachinger
Program conception, PR and communication

Florian Wachinger studied cultural studies in Berlin and London as well as cultural management in Hamburg. He works as a cultural manager, curator and journalist, engaging in film, music and contemporary art. During the past year he was responsible as (co)curator for the film retrospectives “Musik- Stadt – Berlin” and “Berlin Rewind” as part of actung berlin / Berlin Music Week, as well as the film series “Tonspuren – Filme hören”, a part of MaerzMusik 2011. As a cultural manager with focus on production he works for international music and arts festivals, such as SOUND EXCHANGE and documenta. At AFRIKAMERA he is responsible for PR and communication as well as text and concept development.

Uta Rügner
Marketing and Project Management

Uta Rügner graduated in philology and cultural studies in 1996, after which she was in charge of public relations at  tRÄNENpalast Veranstaltungs GmbH, KULTURBRAUEREI GmbH and Kesselhaus GmbH. With Hahn Produktion she was project and production manager for the nationwide „Russischen Kulturtage in Deutschland 03/04″, an international cultural dialogue, commisioned by the Foreign Ministry and the State of Berlin. Currently her expertise as project and cultural manager is utilised by organisations such as  Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätten (Brandenburg Memorials Foundation), Besucherdienste der Staatlichen Museen, Piranha Kultur , Artefakt Kulturkonzepte, Werbegemeinschaft Sony Center Berlin. At AFRIKAMERA she is in charge of project management and financial administration.

Juana Awad
Production & Guest Management

Juana Awad studied semiotics, communication theory and drama at the University of Toronto in Canada and has a masters in fine art media from the Slade School of Fine Art University College London UK. She moved to Berlin after receiving an award from the DAAD to do a fellowship at the University of the Arts Berlin in Media and Art. She curates, programs and organizes film, media art and cultural projects. She was co-director of the Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin after being the lead of the 3D Film Innovation Consortium, the Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference and the AluCine Latin Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto. She has been part of the programming team of several international institutions including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Canada and the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art in Colombia. Her video works are distributed internationally by VTAPE and GIV.

Mandy Okereke
Production Assistant 
Mandy Okereke studied African Area Studies at HU Berlin and Art History in a global context with a focus on Africa. She’s been traveling through several west African countries for research on a regular basis. In 2010 she started working in the event service at HKW and later worked at the in-house bookshop. In 2013 she completed an internship at the Guinea Conakry branch of the French publisher L’Harmattan. She’s been a member of the production team of Afrikamera since 2015.


Tatjana Scheikert
Program Assistant

Tatjana Scheikert studied philosophy and theater studies at the University of Leipzig, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle 3 in Paris and at the FU Berlin. Since 2015 she is cooperator at the Festspielhaus Afrika gGmbH, the project Operndorf Afrika initiated by Christoph Schlingensief, where she led several events, among others for the HKW Berlin and the Frieze London. Since 2016 she is collaborator for Afrikamera. Tatjana Scheikert lives and works in Berlin.