Florence AYISI was born in Cameroon, Central Africa. She obtained a degree in English from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. She moved to the UK for postgraduate studies in Film and Television where she obtained an MA in Producing and Directing, an MA in Theatre and Media Production, a Diploma in Television Production and Journalism and a Certificate in Higher Education (Cert Ed).

Florence has taught in several Higher Education institutions in the U.K. including University of Sunderland, Coventry University and University of Glamorgan.

Florence currently teaches at the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales, U.K. where she is a Reader in Documentary Film Practice. Her teaching and research draws on themes, ideas and concepts related to post-colonial theory, representation, transnational cinemas, audience reception, African Diaspora, feminism, and ethnographic film. Her practice-as-research and text-based work explore and present a discourse on alternative images, ideas and visions of Africa. Her work specifically focuses on presenting an increased visibility of affirmative aspects of African people and their cultures through an engagement with the theory and practice of documentary film.

She has made documentary films in Cameroon and Tanzania. Her first feature-length documentary film, Sisters in Law, (co-directed by Kim Longinotto, 2005), has won over 28 prestigious film awards including PRIX ART ET ESSAI at Cannes film festival; Grierson Award for Best Documentary on a Contemporary Issue; Audience Award at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA); and Peabody Award in USA. In 2007, she made her second documentary film, Zanzibar Soccer Queens. Her films have been screened at film festivals world wide, and also on major television channels including The Sunny Side of the Doc, France, Goteborg International Film Festival, Toronto International film festival, FESPACO, Channel 4 Television, Canal+ (France), TV5 Monde Afrique, RFO Television (France), PBS (USA), Swedish Television (SVT), Qatar TV, The Community Television Channel (UK).


Catalin has taught fiction and documentary in Higher Education since 2005. His taught subjects include directing (fiction and documentary), film studies, documentary theory and postproduction. He also works as a freelance filmmaker and editor, and specialises in transnational documentaries and short films. Speaking six languages his projects have taken him to Spain, Austria, Romania and Tanzania.

A filmmaker and film scholar, Catalin’s main research areas are audience reception, aesthetics and hermeneutics. His papers have explored narratology, cognitive film theory, phenomenology and representation. His main aim is to link practice-based research to theoretical concepts and thus facilitate an understanding of how films impact on the spectator. He is currently involved in an audience research project that examines the response of multi-cultural focus groups to trans-national documentaries, using grounded theory as an overall methodology.