Marie Josephine ZoumaniguiActor

Marie Josephine Zoumanigui was born in Conakry, Guinea which is located in West Africa. She wasn’t familiar with Western films and acting while growing up due to the lack of cinemas at the time. She would watch Bollywood movies that played on television, and enjoyed watching them even though she didn’t understand the language.
She moved to New York in 1997 at 8 years old. After seeing Kate Winslet’s performance in Titanic, She got inspired to become an actor.  “The Truman Show” was the first movie she watched at a movie theatre and she became completely mesmerized by the power of cinema. She acted in her first short film “Apple’s Cherry”  in 2005 which premiered at the Visionfest Film Festival and was selected as one of the narrative shorts at the 2006 South by Southwest Film Festival.
She was also appeared in “Look Alive Mr. Kline” in 2007 which played at the Atlanta Film Festival and The Bend Film Festival. Her most recent film, “Maffe Tiga” was nominated for best short film at The 2012 African Movie Academy Awards in Nigeria. It was screened at the 2012 Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, 7th edition of the Kenya International Film Festival in Kenya and The African American Women in Cinema Film Festival in New York. The movie was recently selected for distribution by Snag Films and will be screening at the Los Angeles 21st Pan African Film Festival  in February 2013.