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Cajetan Boy

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Cajetan Boy Cajetan Boy is the Products Development Leader for ET CETERA PRODUCTIONS LIMITED. A Performing Artist, Playwright, Screenwriter, Director and Script writing Mentor. Also alumnus of the Maisha Film Lab and in the recent past has been involved in the Maisha Film Lab Screenwriting Workshops as a screenwriting mentor. Currently he is a guest Read More

Dilman Dila

Dilman Dila

Dilman Dila is the author of a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, A Killing in the Sun. He has been listed in several prestigious prizes, including the Gerald Kraak Award (2016), BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition (2014), the Commonwealth Short Story Prize  (2013), and the Short Story Day Africa prize (2013, 2014). His short Read More

Jackline Emali

Jackline Emali

Jackline Emali is an independent, passionate, dedicated filmmaker who loves telling stories. She the secretary of Kenya Scriptwriters Guild, Founding member and head of Chap Chap Shooters Productions and a Maisha Film Lab and Women Make  Movies Alumni. She’s attended numerous film-based training with Kenya National Talent Academy, Mohamed Amin foundation, East African Film Network, Read More

Jamir Musenze Jamal

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My name is Jamir Musenze Jamal. I am a filmmaker. I started the journey of filmmaking in 2004 after spending a period of time while practicing creative writing and photo journalism as a freelancer.   I have been in the filmmaking world while undertaking personal projects in my film Art Studio as well as getting involved Read More

Mugume Davidson

It started in 2007 when I finished my A-level exams and I did not know what to do with my life, the fear of going to university and kill precious time studying a course that I did not love gave me nightmares, by then even the thought of making films was a dream in a Read More

Nicolas Impano Blaise

Nicolas Impano Blaise

Nicolas Impano Blaise, 24, Rwanda filmmaker, screenwriter, director, and animator In 2013, he directed his first short film Kanyambo, which won Rwanda movie award – best short film, and second short film in A Thousand hills academy awards. Founder of Africa Fiction Films and Animation Company, which is based on producing African stories in animation. Read More

Patience Katushabe Asaba

Patience Katushabe

Patience Katushabe Asaba was born in Ugandan and has loved films since her childhood. Her great break through was when she started making films in 2011, at the age of 17, with the Maisha Youth program -Youth And Films. She was trained to make films and was the editor of a short film called “Mandu.” Read More

Simon Mukali

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Simon ‘Se’ydou’ Mukali is a Director/Writer born in Nairobi, Kenya on 8th May 1983. He was studying Architecture when, while working on holiday, he got to interact with media professionals in television. He decided to bite the bullet and switch careers, getting into the world of production. He has worked for six years on various Read More

Godwin Otwoma

Godwin Otwoma was born and raised in Kenya and currently lives in Nairobi. He studied English and Management in College. He previously worked as a Copy Writer in an Advertising Agency. He’s credits include Editor Zebu and the Photo Fish (2010), a Maisha short directed by Zippy Nyaruri, Writer/Director Urban Prophet (2010), documentary short, Editor Read More

Gilbert Ndahayo

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My name is Gilbert Ndahayo, also known as the Rwandan Filmmaker. Much as I currently live in USA, I was born in a traditional village of Astrida, so named after Queen Astrid of Belgium, southern Rwanda in 1975, Gilbert Ndahayo migrated to New York City in 2008. After five years working as country coordinator and Read More

Allan Manzi

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Director, Assitant Director, Producer, Editor I am a Maisha Film Lab Alum born and bread in Kampala, Uganda. I joined Maisha in 2011 for the filmmaker’s lab that year. It was after joining Maisha that I confirmed my true calling to be a filmmaker/storyteller. It was actually after speaking to Maisha founder Mira Nair that Read More

Alexander Nyirinkwaya

I am called Alexander Nyirinkwaya Native Rwandan. I was born on April 1992, in GASABO – Kigali city the capital city of Rwanda. I started cinema in 2012 in Almond TREE FILMS where I was On set of some films done in a session of a simple of work, in 2013 I have attended Maisha Read More

Abdu Simba

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Abdu holds a BA (Honours) degree in History and Politics from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. As a professional, he has developed significant business experience as a director of a number of firms engaged in consumer goods manufacturing, insurance brokerage, advisory services and entertainment. He is the former Head of the Read More

Sharpe Ssewali

Sharpe Ssewali

Founder and director at First Love Features, Sharpe Ssewali is graduate of Raindance’s Independent Film Making & Film Director’s program in London. He is an individual with multiple disciplines including directing, screenwriting and editing for film and television. After many years on the road touring with a band also named First Love, Sharpe made his Read More

Rehema Nanfuka

Rehema Nanfuka

My name is Rehema Nanfuka, I am a writer, actress producer from Uganda and hopefully will add director to my credits after this Maisha documentary lab I have been part of the Uganda film community since 2008. Acted in several films like “Imani” and The Pardon and successfully written and produced 2 short films, “Breaking Read More

Moses Ray

Ray Moses

HUSSEIN OMAR My name is Hussein Omar a.k.a. Moses Ray. I am a film producer, director, writer and actor. I got into filmmaking when I attended the annual Maisha Film lab in 2007. While at that lab I got a chance to interact with mentors from America, Ireland, Brazil and England from whom I learned Read More

Peter Tukei Muhumuza

Peter Tukei

Peter Tukei Muhumuza is an East African director and cinematographer currently based in New York City. Coming from a background in industrial and fine art he entered the film industry with a keen visual eye and often integrates multi media such as stop-motion animation, puppetry and photography into his work. Known for his imaginative short Read More

Patrick Sekyaya

Patrick Sekyaya

Has made a name for himself as a writer and director in Uganda and Africa. He trained with Maisha Film Lab in 2007 as a film Editor he later founded Afri-plus films Ltd one of Uganda’s leading filmmaking company. In 2009, He directed and produced his debut film Origin of sin which scooped best feature Read More

Patience Nitumwesiga

Patience Nitumwesiga

Miss Nitumwesiga is a writer/director whose play monsters premiered in March 2017 at Le Cartel festival in Burkina Faso. It has been translated into French. The play also received a reading at the BIBU festival in Sweden. She has been trained at the famous Prospero performing arts centre in Sweden and Denmark, and holds a Read More

Nkambo Robert

Nkambo Robert

In 1997 graduated from Makerere University with a BSC Hons Agriculture (Economics). The following year in 1998 I moved to Burlington Canada to attend training in Radio and TV communications from Conway School of Broadcasting and Communications. In 2000 attended training in TV programs conceptualization from Centre Internationale de Formation et Audiovisual et Production – Read More

Lucky-Lora Atwiine

Lucky Lora

Lucky-Lora Atwiine; born in 1984. I am a single mother of two. I studied journalism but I am a filmmaker for the past 8 years and still going. My strengths are in screenwriting, directing and producing. I am the director of a young production company, Whitsaflicks Ug LTD aimed at making films, documentaries, buying and Read More

Kennedy Oryema

Kennedy Oryema

I am a Ugandan photographer, 44 years of age and working with The New Vision newspaper in Kampala as Senior Photographer . My core responsibility is to produce images in the Vision Group Multimedia environment I have over 15 years of experience in newspaper photography and covered high profile events , including the LRA War Read More

Jayant Maru

Jayant Maru

Jayant Maru is a second generation Indian born in Kenya and lived in Uganda. Currently student at the University Of London International Program studying BSc Sociology With Law. Having divided his time between Uganda, Kenya and London has given him an opportunity to balance out the differences in society both Negative and Positive… He is Read More

Arnold Aganze

Arnold Aganze

My name is Arnold Aganze, I am an aspiring filmmaker originally from Eastern Congo, but due to circumstances of war, I have been residing in Uganda for the past two years. My life has been somewhat of a rollercoaster until today, and that has lead me to feel that I have stories to tell, and Read More

Wanjiru Kairu

Wanjiru Kairu

Wanjiru Kairu is a Kenyan filmmaker interested in creating captivating films that promote dialogue on social issues. An alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2006 and the Maisha Film Lab 2007, Wanjiru’s short films have been official selections at festivals such as the Pan African Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, ION Film Festival, Read More

Waniku Kiniaru Hansen Hazel

Waniku Kiniaru Hansen Hazel

I am Waniku Kiniaru Hansen Hazel and I currently live in USA. I have worked as a filmmaker since 2004 and it has been a very eventful and successful adventure. I have worked as a producer, director, set designer I am currently pursuing a career in photography as I write scripts on ideas I would Read More

Ronald Mackio

Ronald Mackio

Ronald Mackio is a graduate of Kenyatta University with a degree in Education (English and History). After graduation, he chose to teach through films rather than in the class room. He is an astute writer, both creative and factual. Currently, he has formed a company, Odios Creations, with Titus Maina. This company is a member Read More

Ravneet Sippy Chadha

Ravneet Sippy Chadha

Ravneet Sippy Chadha is a Kenyan Writer-Director, based in Nairobi. She quit financial services in 2007, as she had a powerful urge to tell her own stories through film. As a child she had to conform to a rigid set of rules . She rebelled against rules that denied her self expression. Now the whole Read More

Noosim Naimasiah

Noosim Naimasiah

‘Naimasiah is a PhD student at the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Uganda. Noosim’s work engages with  histories and politics within Africa and views Art as a critical lens through which we can see ourselves’

Joe Kilonzo

Two years ago, I co-founded a community-based organization that seeks to highlight developmental activities through film, documentaries and music videos. My experience in the print media exposed me to the numerous challenges that community’s face but lack exposure due to the competitive nature of newsgathering in the print sector. Street Level seeks to fill this Read More