Her name is ALEXANDRA AMON, elegant and eloquent at her passion, plus she is a sure bet to be an ‘everlasting party’ for generations unborn. After seeing few movies to her credit and the recent role she played in Yvonne Nelson’s ‘FIX US’, it’s fair to agree with Elle Magazine Ivory Coast that she is the new prodigy of the Ivorian cinema. And her acting prowess is no fluke and that’s why in 2017, the beautiful French-Ivorian was named among the 100 Most Influent persons in Africa by New African Magazine.
In our quest to find out what makes her brilliant beyond match, we found out that in just seven years, she has managed to establish herself as a successful producer, actress & screenwriter since she emerged in 2014 with the Ivorian TV series ‘Chroniques Africaines’ in which she made her acting & producing debut.
Born in Neuilly Sur Seine in Paris, Alexandra spent her childhood in France and consecutively lived in Ivory Coast and the United States where she completed her high school and secondary studies. She is the youngest of a family of four siblings to an Ivorian diplomat. Her first encounter with acting and stage was at the young age of 11, when she performed the character of Harpagon in L’ Avare of French legendary playwright Molière during her French class, for which she earned a grade of 19/20 (equivalent of A); it was during her high school years that she developed a keen passion for literature, filmmaking and an ease to perform publicly. After earning her Baccalauréat (High School Diploma) in French Literature & Foreign Languages, she moved to the United States to complete her college studies.
In May 2006, she graduated from New York City’s art school, the Pratt Institute with a B.F.A in Communication Design and chose to return to her home country in 2008 to launch her filmmaking career. It was after an internship at American photographer David La Chapelle’s studio and during her senior year at Pratt that her path towards becoming a filmmaker became clear; she decided to pursue a career in film instead of advertising.
She worked for two years as a junior Art director at Mc Cann Ivory Coast, and founded her film production company ZIV in 2012 with the purpose of developing both television and film projects. Since its inception, ZIV has catered to international channels such as Canal + Afrique, Nollywood TV, TV5 Monde, StarTimes, BET France, Nigeria’s Red TV, with productions broadcast across the continent and overseas and dubbed in several languages.
In an industry dominated by middle-aged producers, her first major achievement came when she became the first and youngest female producer from Ivory Coast to have signed a deal with French broadcasting giant Canal + at in Abidjan in 2014. Her talent has been rewarded multiple times.
In 2013, she was selected to join other women directors in a documentary competition led by Canal+ Afrique (L’ Afrique au Féminin); she wrote, directed and produced the documentary, “Fashion for Change” featuring Ivorian designers Loza Maléombho and Pathé Ouedraogo.
In early 2015, she won the award for Best TV Series at 2015 the prestigious Fespaco Film festival in Burkina Faso for ‘Chroniques Africaines’ directed by her sister Marie Amon.
Following the examples of successful actresses/producers like Issa Rae and UK’s Michaela Coel, the series that she created and stars in ‘Boutique Hotel’ became the first Ivorian TV program to broadcast on an international network: BET France. In same vein, we found out that her new romantic comedy series titled; “20.30.40”, which was produced in 2019, is already getting positive reviews.
For movie lovers, she is stuff of cloud-9; and on a forthrightly, she is a persona whose principles are based on incessant excellence – that’s the story of ALEXANDRA AMON.