Valérie Osouf is a French documentary film-maker. After a B.A. in History, she settled in Dakar, Senegal, where she graduated a Master in Journalism about African film distribution in West Africa. There, she worked as a radio presenter and reporter, as well as a freelance journalist for the French media. She also directed a short documentary about a deaf people who learned to speak, and another one (16 mm) with Senegalese people expelled from France after a change of the immigration laws. Since then, she focused her research on postcolonial identity. Back in Paris, Valérie attended a one year course on scriptwriting at the Femis (French national film school).
She then completed co-directing her first TV documentary, Cameroon: Autopsy of independence, with Gaëlle Le Roy. The film won the audience award at the International Historical Film Festival of Pessac and provoked a national debate in Cameroon. After that, she started writing her first feature fiction, Marie and Djibril (a drama about intimate racism), as well as developing a historical documentary TV project on Brixton Riots 1981. In parallel, she completed a short film about collective history vs. personal memory, Afterwards. National Identity is her first feature length film.
Valérie Osouf will be a guest at the round table Migration in the light of identity and citizenship, which will take place on Thursday, 20th June 2013 (World Refugee Day) at the City Museum of Ljubljana after the screening of her film National Identity (L’Identité Nationale).