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Nze, Alfie

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 in Filmmakers Database, N | 0 comments

Alfie Nze, director

Alfie Nze (Alfie M. Nze)

Director, actor and producer (Ekwe, Nigeria, 7.28.1972)

Alfie Nze is a Nigerian playwright, actor and director based in Milan, Italy and naturalized Italian. Born in Ekwe, a village in Imo State, Nigeria, in 1972, after studying in Lagos at National Institute of Arts-Yaba, Nze moved to Italy in 1990s. He had some workshops in acting with Stefano Fiorentino (2002) and with Actors Studio Coach Francesca Viscardi (2006-07), and enrolled theatrical company La Compagnia del ’900, directed by Chiara Colombo: he debuted in the production Stranieri by Simone Greco and worked with La Compagnia for a further five years. In this period he participated in several tours in Lombardia, Piemonte and Liguria. In 2006 he joined the theatrical production Uomini mediatici, directed by Maria Gabriella Giovanelli (Teatro dei Filodrammatici). 

Nze debuted as playwright and director in 2007 with the production La ballata della morte vivace. After that he devoted more and more to theatrical writing and directing. In 2009 he staged Filosoffrendo (Teatro Erba, Turin) and in the same year presented the first part of the production Il ladro innocente (Teatro dei Filodrammatici), in the program Poesia presente. At Teatro dei Filodrammatici he staged the performance War and Peace (2010) and at Teatro Arsenale the production Verdilizzante, on the issue of industrial toxic waste illegally exported from Italy in the 1980s. In 2012 he played the role of King Alboury in the production Lotta di negro e cani by Koltès, staged by Renzo Martinelli for Teatro I, Milan. In 2013-14 he was selected as one in eleven authors for the project Teatro Utile of Accademia dei Filodrammatici. In 2014 he presented his play AADD, on child prostitution, at Teatro Pime, Milan. 

Nze debuted as actor in film and TV in 2001 with RSI Swiss TV production Ol ristorant San Sisto, by Vittorio Barino. After that, he appeared in a few 2000s TV series, notably Vento di ponente, L’uomo sbagliato, Suor Jo and Intralci, in some shorts by Daniele Azzola and Mattia Puleo and in long feature Albakiara by Stefano Salviati.  In 2013 his first film project as director, Devil Comes to Koko, won Premio Mutti, sponsored by Cineteca di Bologna, later to be produced (in collaboration with Fabrica), directed and premiered in December 2015. In May 2016 Kibout joined the collective #peruncinemadiverso to campaign for the launch of diversity politics in Italian film and TV industry, together with Nadia Kibout, Fred Kuwornu, Reda Zine and other directors, programmers and critics. In August 2017 Locarno Film Festival premiered his new work, the short Granma, on the issue of irregular immigration from Nigeria to Europe, cowritten and directed by Daniele Gaglianone, from a story by Gianni Amelio.

In May 2018, Associazione per i Diritti Umani e la Tolleranza ONLUS awarded Nze the title of Ambasciatore dei Diritti Umani (Ambassador of Human Rights) for his activity of filmmaker.

Italian Filmography

L’uomo sbagliato (Stefano Reali, 2005, tvms, act), Suor Jo (Gilberto Squizzato, 2005, tvms, act), Fired (Daniele Azzola, 2005, sf, act), Intralci (tvms, 2006, tvms, act), Albakiara (Stefano Salviati, 2008, ff, act), Apartment 15 (Mattia Puleo, 2012, sf, act), Devil Comes to Koko (2015, docf, d, sc, pr), Granma (2017, sf, cod Daniele Gaglianone, sc), Joy (Daniele Gaglianone, 2017, sf, act), Quello che non sai di me (Rolando Colla, 2018, ff, act)


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