Martin Mhando was bom in Tanzania and currently lectures in film theory, history, and production at Murdoch University, Western Australia. He has a doctoral degree with his dissertation's focus being African cinema. His areas of interest include the theory, history and praxis of documentary, and third cinema. Mhando is an award-winning filmmaker with numerous directorial titles to his name. His 2000 feature-length film, Maangamizi: The Ancient One, is the first African film nominated for an Oscar for Best Foriegn Film.