There are some very talented filmmakers and actors/actresses here, but the Ugandan film world lacks some cohesion. As more people get exposed to the training offered at this institute, started by Mira Nair, the skill level and the global awareness of Ugandan films and Ugandan filmmakers should increase dramatically.
Thanks to the blog Shadow and Act, a site about film and the African diaspora, for highlighting this project…
In 2004, filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!, Mississipi Masala & others) founded Maisha Film Labs – a Uganda-based film training initiative by (not-so unlike the Sundance Film Festival’sIFP’s filmmaker labs). filmmaker labs, or the
The goal of the Maisha Film Labs is to give aspiring filmmakers in the East African country the tools & knowledge they currently lack, to tell their own stories through film, which would then help foster a self-sustaining film industry in Uganda and vicinity, that will support and represent the interests of local audiences.
So, why Uganda? Well… Mira Nair’s award-winning 1991 film, Mississipi Masala (which starred Denzel Washington, by the way, and probably my favorite of all her films), was shot, on location in Kampala, Uganda! AND, it’s also in Uganda, in 1988, that she met her husband, scholar, Mahmood Mamdani, while she was doing research for the film.