A real life action family action about a chess prodigy from
Uganda’s slums, this movie premiered at the recent Toronto
International Film Festival and was hailed for its realistic
Now it is released worldwide and proving popular
with youngsters who want to make a mark in the world with
their potential talents.
Well know Indian Diaspora director Mira Nair made big
news with her new movie.
Among her best known films are Mississippi Masala,
The Namesake, the Golden Lion-winning Monsoon
Wedding and Salaam Bombay!, nominated for the
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
She was honoured with a Padma Bhushan in 2012 by India.
Mira Nair set up a film school in Kampala named Maisha
Film Lab; maisha means ‘life’ in Swahili.
‘If we don’t tell our story, no one else will’ is its
Screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography,
editing, sound recording, and acting courses are provided.
It germinated in 1991 when Mira was shooting
‘Mississippi Masala’ and realized that Uganda’s rich
storytelling tradition was not reflected in movies.
With the help of international film community, she
founded Maisha and up to now more than 500 participants have
been trained in addition to holding film festivals.