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I haven’t written for a while because I have been in transit for the last few weeks moving back to the States. As I have tuned back into what has been happening in Uganda, I am in total shock. Museveni … Continue reading
This post takes a look at the reactions of bloggers to the peaceful elections in Uganda. Continue reading
It’s never been so easy to drive across town in Kampala. The combination of some people laying low as a precaution against elections violence, and thousands of people heading back to their villages for the weekend to vote has left … Continue reading
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, the skill level and the global awareness of Ugandan films and Ugandan filmmakers should increase dramatically.
On a side note, be sure to go back and watch Mississippi Masala again. Did you know it was set and filmed in Kampala?
Thanks to the blog Shadow and Act, a site about film and the African diaspora, for highlighting this project…
Introducing Uganda’s Maisha Film Labs…
By Tambay, on January 14th, 2011
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.
Read the rest here: Shadow and Act and get more info about the institute at Maisha Film Labs
Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala Continue reading
Some pretty astute observations, if you ask me, and a good summary of the state of Uganda at this time. Can’t imagine any of it comes as a big surprise to Museveni. For more of the Uganda cables, go to The Guardian:
Monday, 19 October 2009, 11:29
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 04 KAMPALA 001197
FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY CARSON FROM AMBASSADOR LANIER
EO 12958 DECL: 10/18/2019
TAGS PREL, PGOV, PINS, PHUM, EAID, KDEM, UG
SUBJECT: UGANDA: SCENESETTER FOR VISIT OF ASSISTANT
Classified By: Ambassador Jerry Lanier for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). Continue reading
I realize that this might seem like the wrong season for this post (and, frankly, a bit off-topic for this blog). But, really, it shouldn’t seem that way. For those of us in the United States, we still have two major holidays between now and Christmas – Halloween in October, and Thanksgiving in November. No matter how early the retailers try to convince us to start our Christmas shopping, it somehow feels like we don’t really need to get prepared until after Thanksgiving.
But Santa’s no chump. He’s not easily suckered. This morning my son woke up singing a Christmas carol – you know, the one about him knowing when you are sleeping, awake, being good, being bad, when you are picking your nose and when you told your boss you were sick so you could go fishing. And then we got talking about THE LIST. And then we got talking about when, exactly, he starts working on that list.
And it came to me. Sh*#!!! I have to start being good now! If Santa knows all these things about us, then presumably he doesn’t wait until after Thanksgiving for his surveillance.
So, let this be a gentle reminder to you – it’s never too early to start being good.
Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala Continue reading
My favorite source of inspiration, Orion Magazine, has an on-line department called “The Place Where You Live.” I was very excited this morning to get their e-newsletter and notice that my entry on Uganda is one of their featured pieces. Continue reading
Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala