Maisha is a leadership development organization. We invest in an emerging film industry in East Africa—with the twin goals of creating economic capacity while contributing vibrant new voices to an increasingly international film world. We don’t just make films, we make filmmakers.

Our Impact

Film is a powerful medium for the transmission of ideas in a free society. In addition to giving our participants the tools to articulate their stories on screen, our curriculum encompasses the practical aspects of filmmaking as well, answering questions such as: “How do I get my film financed?” “How do I pitch my story?” and “How can I make a living as a filmmaker?”

In the last 9 years, Maisha has provided over 550 Scholarships and produced over 50 films, and expanded into a year-round curriculum encompassing a variety of skill levels. Maisha has ventured to make film available to the entire East African community through cultural exchanges, partnerships, a monthly film chat, and an annual film festival.

Many Maisha alumni now have thriving careers in film and television, both in East Africa and internationally, and others have enrolled in some of the most selective MFA programs in the world—like NYU Tisch-Singapore and Columbia University.

Maisha Film Lab hopes to continue having a positive impact on the lives of aspiring filmmakers in East Africa, and consequently, create an impression on the larger global community.