Actor, director and screenwriter (Conakry, Guinea Conakry, 1959)
Born and raised in Conakry in 1959, Mohamed Camara moved to Paris with a degree in economic sciences. He studied again as computer engineer at Paris X, but in the same time he enrolled a dramatic art school in an American center, had a stage with Peter Brook, and then at Théâtre international de langue française and Atelier Blanche Salant (Paris). In mid 1980s he started to appear in French TV series and features, some of them very successful such as comedy Black Mic Mac (Thomas Gilou, 1986). He had roles also in films by Francis Girod (Descente aux enfers, 1986), Siije Dai (Le Mangeur de lune, 1994) and Mahmoud Zemmouri (100% Arabica, 1997).
Frustrated by roles that he was having most of the time, Camara started to write scenarios of his own, imposing himself also as author of appreciated features, two shorts (Denko, 1993; Minka, 1994) and one long feature film, Dakan (1997), a gay love story based in Guinea Conakry, awarded at L.A. Outfest. He directed another short in 2000, Balafola. After that he came back to his home country and became the head of National Office of Guinean Cinema (ONACIG).
In Italy he appeared in Marco Ferreri’s La casa del sorriso (The House of Smiles), awarded with Golden Bear at Berlinale 1991, as the black nurse Ali, also starring Mimi Félixine and Mohamed Badr Salem. He was member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1993. Sometimes credited as Mohamed Kamara.
La casa del sorriso (Marco Ferreri, 1991, ff, act)
Frame taken from:
La casa del sorriso. Dir. Marco Ferreri. Scena International, Titanus Distribuzione, 1991.
Contributors: Leonardo De Franceschi
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