Maisha Garden

For the past ten years Maisha has been building a legacy of great East African films without a space to call its own.

Finally, Maisha has build a unique space and expanding its work. Maisha Garden does not only host the established film school but is also the home to the following offerings:

  • Maisha Library – Maisha is positioned to be the premier audio-visual library resource center in East Africa. It will contain archives of international art films, a large African film collection, screenplays, as well as books about film. Maisha Library will be opento a spiring filmmakers, film lovers and the general public, offering learning through library engagement.
  • Maisha Film Series – film master classes to Maisha graduates and other community filmmakers, public and targeted film screening series
  • Maisha Youth – creative literacy and film programs targeting primary and secondary school students.
  • Maisha Thought – A quarterly speaker series for the broader Kampala community
  • Maisha Film Festival – we host an annual film festival that showcases a combination of Maisha produced films and films by African filmmakers, with a parallel world cinema program.
Overlooking Lake Victoria, Maisha Garden is designed as a series of open classrooms in nature to foster discussion, learning and contemplation.


Founded by filmmaker Mira Nair, Maisha Garden is a multidisciplinary art space located on Buziga Hill in Kampala. Designed by award-winning architect-for-change Raul Pantaleo, Maisha Garden shall feature an outdoor cinema, a multipurpose amphitheater, a nature walk, and an open air teaching room.


Maisha Garden offers yoga classes, nature walks, creative education programs for neighbouring schools, and is open to the public on Sundays and Mondays for a nominal fee.


Our unique monthly series of events, MAISHA MOTO, shall offer a spectrum of thinkers, entertainers, gardeners and artists in conversation. Maisha Moto will take place once a month on a Saturday afternoon in the Maisha Kund.


(image left: artist impression of the new building)