Born in Uganda and raised in Uganda, Kenya and the UK. I feel that this gives me a “third culture” perspective on the world.
My work as an independent filmmaker has taken me all over the globe collecting stories. As a person curious about what makes us “tick” have had the luck and opportunity to use my eye and lens to tell stories from across Uganda and sub-Saharan Africa. I have travelled from the hot refugee camps of the Saharawi people in North Africa to a village called Song Zhuang on the outskirts of Bejing, China meeting wonderful and remarkable people with great stories to share.
I am most happy sharing experiences of people in the world and most especially issues that affect Africa and the diaspora through authentic connections.
Work & Education
CURRENT INDEPENDENT FILM PROJECTS
A PEACE BETWEEN – Documentary Feature
HOT COMB – Fiction Feature
IN SEARCH OF DUENDE AFRICANO– Documentary Feature
2017 EEA and crowd funding sources ( A PEACE BETWEEN)
2014 DocuBox Film Fund Award– (DUENDE AFRICANO)
2014 Locarno Film Festival Presentation (HOT COMB)
2013 Goteborg Film Fund (HOT COMB)
2012 TPM Berlinale Arte Commendation Award (HOT COMB)
WORKSHOPS/ FILM MAKING LABS
2014 Locarno -Switzerland
2014 DFM Durban
2012 Binger Film Lab Amsterdam
2010 Dox Lab – Copenhagen
2007 Berlinale Talent Campus
2006 Maisha Film Lab program in Uganda (founded by Mira Nair)
2017 World Cinema Film festival, Panel Member – African Cinema And Representation. The Netherlands
2017 El Ojo Cojo Film festival Jury Duty, Spain
2016 HOT DOCS – Selections Jury Duty, Canada
2012 DOX Documentary Film Festival Jury Duty, Denmark
2013 CORDOBA African film festival, Spain.
I currently split my time between Uganda and The Netherlands as an Executive Director and Filmmaker of both film and documentary.
IMANI the debut feature film that opened the Forum Section at the Berlinale International Film Festival 2010 getting nominated for Best First Feature and has since traveled the world gaining numerous awards. I am proud of this film as it is my first collaboration with my screenwriter sister Agnes Kamya.
Our second feature is called HOT COMB and was developed at the Binger Lab in Amsterdam alongside a selected group of seven international filmmakers. HOT COMB is supported by Goteborg Film Fund, The Hubert Bals Film Fund, Talent Project Market, Arte and Lorcano. It is at the end of the development phase and is to start production in 2018.
I am currently Directing a documentary series called A PEACE BETWEEN covering the lives of friends in France, Denmark and Budapest. They are friends who happen to be a local and a refugee.