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The Festival has decided to honor and celebrate the work of Mira Nair, and offer an achievement award for her contribution to filmmaking in East Africa. Over the past decade Mira Nair’s contribution to the growth of east African filmmaking has natured and supported some of the leading and most promising young talent in the region. From it’s inception in 2004, Mira Nair’s Maisha Film Labs, has facilitated training workshops in various principles, from Documentary filmmaking to screenwriting. These labs have facilitated the creation of award winning films and offered a platform and stepping stone for filmmakers to fully establish themselves in the film industry.