A film critic and book author who was born in Paris in 1952. He has translated a number of books on Africa and of African authors, and is also the author of different books himself. He was chief editor of Africultures where he wrote numerous articles on African film. He is a member of the Syndicat français de la critique de cinéma. He is in charge of the Images plurielles collection on cinema for L’Harmattan Publishing House. His book entitled “Les Cinémas d’Afrique noire : le regard en question”, which won the Prix Art et Essai 1997 from the Centre national de la Cinématographie, has been published in the collection and has been translated into English under the title “African Cinemas, Decolonizing the Gaze” (Zed Books, London, 2000). Olivier Barlet was 1997-2004 chief editor of Africultures, an African cultural journal.