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Dr. Boukary Sawadogo is Professor of Film at City University of New York. His research and teaching focus on African and African-American cinema, animation and the film industry. Born in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), Dr. Sawadogo pursued his school and university studies in Burkina Faso, Senegal and the United States.


A specialist in African cinemas, Dr. Sawadogo is the author of four books, including two editions of a teaching and learning manual on cinemas African Film Studies: An Introduction (Routledge, 2018 and 2022), West African Screen Media: Comedy, TV Series, and Transnationalization (Michigan State University Press, 2019) and Les cinémas francophones ouest-africains, 1990-2005 (Harmattan, 2013). He is also the author of numerous articles, critical reviews and chapters published in collective works.

Published in 2022, his fifth book, Africans in Harlem: An Untold New York Story, focuses on the presence and influence of African immigrants in the historically black neighborhood of Harlem.

He is the director of the documentary Salut Y'All: African Teachers on the Bayou and the web series Aventure africaine à New York (African Adventure in New York), which deal with themes linked to the African diaspora in the United States. A jury member at several festivals, he is also promoter of the Harlem African Animation Festival in Harlem, New York City. In addition, Dr Boukary Sawadogo was a member of the Cinema Commission (Image Fund) of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (Paris, France) from January 2021 to December 2022.