Manouchka Kelly Labouba

MANOUCHKA KELLY LABOUBA is a USC Provost’s PhD fellow, a filmmaker and a scholar. As a scholar, her research interests include Sub-Saharan African cinema, International cinema, Business of film, Film festivals, African-American cinema, and 70s American cinema (New Hollywood and Blaxploitation). Her work has been published in Film International, the African Studies Review, the Journal of African Cinemas and Spectator. She also regularly collaborates with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Oral History Program as a freelance researcher. As an independent director/screenwriter/producer from Gabon (Central Africa), Manouchka became the first woman in her country’s history to direct a narrative film with her 40-minute short Le Divorce (2008). The film went on to win best directorial debut at the Ecrans Noirs film festival in Yaoundé, Cameroon (2009). Her films have been selected in official competition at the biggest African film festivals including FESPACO, and the Carthage Film Festival.

Committee: Kara Keeling, Priya Jaikumar, Henry Jenkins, Jason Squire, Holly Willis

Dissertation: “Valuing and Marketing African Cinema in the New Millennium: Festivals and Awards for African Films, from 2000 to Present”