Manthia Diawara is University Professor and Professor of Comparative Literature and film at New York University. He is the director of the Institute of African American Affairs. Diawara is the founder and editor of Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, a bilingual review that publishes essays, fiction, reviews and artwork relating to Africa and the Black Diaspora. He has published several books on African and African Diaspora cultures, films, and literatures including: African Cinema: Politics and Culture (1992), Black American Cinema (1993), In Search of Africa (1998), We Won’t Budge (2003), and African Film: New Forms of Aesthetic and Politics (April 2010). Diawara’s documentary films include the widely acclaimed Rouch in Reverse (1995), Bamako Sigi Kan (2001), Conakry Kas (2004), Who’s Afraid of Ngugi (2007) and Maison Tropicale (2008) He’s currently working on a documentary film on Edouard Glissant.