Born in 1942 in N’Dougou (Niger), Moustapha Alassane graduated in mechanics. However, in the Rouch IRSH in Niamey he learns the cinematographic technique and becomes one of its main researchers. Jean Rouch allows Alassane’s education and accommodation in Canada, where he meets the famous Norman McLaren, who teaches him the secrets of animation. Moustapha Alassane is one of the first filmmakers in Africa, making Niger one of the African nations of more importance in cinema, close to Senegal. He was the author of the first animated films of the sub-Saharan Africa, directing also documentaries and fiction films. He was Head of Cinema Department at the Niamey University for 15 years.
Moustapha Alassane directed, in 1962, two shorts inspired in traditional tales: “Aoure” and “La Bague du roi Koda”. Representing the African culture (“Deela ou el Barka le conteur”, 1969; “Shaki”, 1973), Alassane uses also moral satire (“F.V.V.A., femme, villa, voiture, argent”, 1972), denouncing the thirst of power form the “new wealth” in Africa. Criticism and black humour are, after all, in almost all of his films. The frog is his favourite animal and protagonist of most of his animated films, because Alassane believes it is funnier to animate frogs rather than humans. Directed around thirty animation, documentary and fiction films.
Currently, his workshop is settled in Tahoua, a calm city from Niger’s interior, far away from the bustle of the capital Niamey, showing some of the humbleness that one of the most important African directors has. To work, Alassane uses several materials, such as wood, metal or wire, glue, fabric or sponge.
Numerous retrospectives of Alassane’s career have been made in several international film festivals, all over the world.
- 1962: La Bague du roi Koda
- 1962: Aoure
- 1962: La Pileuse de Mil
- 1962: Le piroguier
- 1963: La mort du Gandji
- 1964: L’arachide de Santchira
- 1966: Le Retour d'un aventurier
- 1966: Bon voyage Sim
- 1967: Malbaza
- 1969: Les contre Bandiers
- 1970: Deela ou Albarka
- 1970: Bon Voyage Sim
- 1971: Jamyya
- 1972: Women Cars Villas Money a.k.a. F.V.V.A.: Femme, Voiture, Villa, Argent
- 1972: Abimbola ou Shaki
- 1973: Siberi
- 1974: Soubane
- 1974: Toula ou Le génie des eaux
- 1975: Zaboa
- 1978: Samba le grand
- 1982: Agwane mon Village
- 1982: Kankamba ou le semeur de discorde
- 1982: Gourimou
- 2000: Soolo
- 2000: Adieu Sim
- 2001: Les magiciens de l'Ader
- 2001: Agaïssa
- 2001: Kokoa - Duration: 13' - Plot: It is a holiday in the kingdom of the frogs! Around the ring, hundreds of inhabitants have gathered to watch as the best fighters in the country face off. Between fights, Tountia, accompanied by his musicians, performs a concert that entrances the audience.
- 2003: Tagimba
- 1971: Petit à petit (Moustaphe)
- 1976: L'Étoile noire
Films about Moustapha Alassane
- Animation et creation: Univers du cinema de Moustapha Alassane (2002), documentary directed by Debra S. Boyd
- Moustapha Alassane, cinéaste du possible (2009), documentary directed by Silvia Bazzoli and Christian Lelong.
- Clap Noir. "Mort de Moustapha Alassane". clapnoir.org. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
- de Bussy, Arthur (28 December 2010). "" Moustapha Alassane, Cinéaste du Possible " de Maria Silvia Bazzoli et Christian Lelong (2009)". ART ET «POÏÈSIS» (in French). Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- Moustapha Alassane at the Internet Movie Database
- Moustapha Alassane in ClapNoir (French)
- Moustapha Alassane in Africultures (French)
- Moustapha Alassane in African Success
- Moustapha Alassane in a "La Gazette" article (French)
- Le Retour D'Un Aventurier and Moustapha Alassane in the 5th "Festival des Cinémas Africains" (French)
- Moustapha Alassane invited to the 2nd Edition of "Festival culturel panafricain" (Panaf) (French)