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Films presented by Maisha Film Lab

For each of these films, there will be a short discussion after.
It will just be an informal reflection and responses from the audience.

September 19th, “Conflict Resolution” 12-4PM – Auditorium

  • The1stGrader“The First Grader” – Justin Chadwick, 103 min
    The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
  • War_Dance_poster“War Dance”- Sean Fine, Andrea Nix, 105 min
    This powerful film shows the redemptive power of music. Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country’s national music and dance festival.

September 20th, “Romance” 12-4PM – Auditorium

  • mississippi-masala-poster“Mississippi Masala” – Mira Nair, 118 min
    An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
  • touki-bouki“Touki Bouki” – Djibril Diop Mambéty, 95 min
    Mory, a cowherd who rides a motorcycle mounted with a cow’s skull, and Anta, a university student, have met in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. Alienated and disaffected with Senegal and Africa, they long to go to Paris and work up different con schemes to raise the money. Mory steals clothing and money from a wealthy gay man who had brought him home, and he and Anta book passage on a ship to France.

September 21st, “Youth” 12-4PM – Green Room

  • Yaaba“Yaaba”- Idrissa Ouedraogo, 90 min
    The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her ‘Witch’ but Bila himself calls her ‘Yaaba’ (grandmother). When Bilas cousin Nopoko gets sick it is Sana’s medicine who saves her.
  • NewBoy“New Boy” – Steph Green, 11 min
    “New Boy”, an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Film in 2009, is about a nine year old Rwandan boy who struggles to fit in socially over the course of his first day at an Irish school.
  • ChristmasTurkey“Christmas Turkey”- Washiwala Reagan, Maisha, 9 min
    A story about Kim, a young teenage boy, whose father is a no-good-drunk who does not provide for the family. This creates a lot of domestic problems between his parents, which really upsets Kim. He spends his free time playing football with the neighborhood boys, and it’s on one of these occasions that he comes across the Christmas turkey offer that promises to be an opportunity for him to save Christmas at his home.
  • She'sNotMyMother“She’s Not My Mother”- Omona Collines, Maisha, 4 min
    The story is about a boy who tries to avoid his lowly impoverished mother who works as a school cleaner in the school he attends. His aim is to impress upon the other students that he comes from a well–to-do background, but this does not last as his antics are uncovered when a motorcycle knocks down his dejected mother and his emotion and empathy take over.
  • NeverLoseHope“Never Lose Hope” – Katushabe Patience, Maisha, 8 min
    A story about Grace, a 16-year-old girl, who is taken in by her aunt after her mother’s death and forced to become the family housemaid. Grace hopes to be able to go back to school but her aunt refuses to pay attention saying she doesn’t have money. Even when Grace manages to get a scholarship her aunt refuses to let her go and destroys the scholarship letter. Grace writes a letter to her teacher explaining the situation, which is delivered by her friend Gift. Her teacher confronts Grace’s Aunt about the situation. Will they be able to resolve the situation and get Grace back into school?
  • Kanyambo“Kanyambo”- Nicolas Impano Blaise, Maisha, 11 min
    Kanyambo an 11-year-old girl, dreams of competing in a tyre race, usually reserved for boys. Her mother, Miss Alice, will hear none of it while Mr. Harera, the owner of the Boys’ tyre club, is not ready to allow her into the competition….
  • Rastasophical“Rastasophical” – Arnold Aganze, Maisha, 13 min
    A story of a former child soldier Arnold Aganze from Congo who finds himself in Uganda. Arnold tries to integrate into the Ugandan community but discovers that he cannot. He is trying to come to terms with his past, a dark story from the time when the civil war in Congo had spilled over into his village in South Kivu. Now he only feels safe with people who, like him, have lived through a violent past. Eventually Arnold meets with a man from Kampala’s Rasta community, a community that has lived through exclusion and isolation. Finally Arnold feels he has met his family.
  • 4GSpirit“4G Spirit” – Rahema Nanfuka, Maisha, 10 min
    4G Spirit is a Bobi Wine Fan who sings Bobi Wine’s lyrics by the roadside to entertain people. Will he finally meet Bobi Wine?