A scriptwriter and director for film and television, she is the granddaughter of Alphonse Boni, a citizen of the Ivory Coast who acquired French citizenship and became a magistrate of the French Republic in Ivory Coast in the 1930s. In her work « Trop Noire pour être Française ? » (Too black to be French?), Isabelle Boni-Claverie investigates the Black people’s lack of recognition in French society as full French citizens.
Isabelle Boni-Claverie was only 18 when she published her first text, La Grande Dévoreuse, earned the second place in the Prix de Jeune Écrivain Francophone.
By 22, she was responsible for the cinema pages of the prestigious Revue Noire, the first contemporary art magazine dedicated to Africa and its Diaspora, after which she collaborated with Afrique Magazine. After meeting the director Claire Denis and passing the competitive entrance exam, she was admitted to the Fémis, graduating with degree in script writing in 2000. Her films have been featured at numerous festivals and received many awards.
Filmography : Le Génie d’Abou (1998), Special Mention of the Jury at the Bushman Film Festival in Abidjan – La Coiffeuse de la rue Pétion (The Hairdresser of Pétion Street) (1999) L’Image, le vent et Gary Cooper (The Image, the Wind and Gary Cooper)(2000) – Pour la Nuit (For the Night)(2004).