Maisha (which means 'life' in Kiswahili) is a non-profit training initiative for emerging East African filmmakers. We provide hands-on intensives in screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, editing, sound recording, and acting.

"If we don't tell our stories, no one else will!"


Programs 2014


Maisha 2014 Labs

Upcoming filmmakers, we have a number of opportunities for you this year. Maisha Film Lab will carry out four screenwriting labs made possible by the ACP Secretariat (African Caribbean Pacific group of states) under the European Union.

We will also have a documentary lab funded by the LUMA Foundation.

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Mira NairMaisha was founded in 2004 by acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Amelia).

We operate labs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

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Maisha Blog

Zuku TV: Commissioning brief for a Documentary Series

Zuku TV is seeking to commission its second documentary series for broadcast on the only documentary channel produced in Africa, […]

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Trailer

Our founder Mira Nair’s latest film The Reluctant Fundamentalist has madeĀ it’s debut on Yahoo. Watch the trailer.

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