George Stanley Nsamba

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George Stanley Nsamba
George Stanley Nsamba at the exhibition.jpg
George Stanley Nsamba at the Cast The Light On Prejudice Exhibition in Kampala, 2015
Born
Ediu George Stanley Nsamba

(1989-10-14) 14 October 1989 (age 30)
NationalityUgandan
Other namesNes
OccupationFilmmaker
Years active2012 – present
Notable work
Crafts:The Value Of Life, Silent Depression, The Dummy Team

Ediu George Stanley Nsamba, also known as "Nes" (born 14 October 1989) is a Ugandan film producer, director,cinematographer, screenwriter, editor, spokenword artist and human rights activist.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Nsamba was born in Mulago Hospital in the capital city of Uganda Kampala and grew up in the slums of Naguru.[3] Born to a social worker mum Mrs Vicky Aryenyo and a father who worked at Mulago Hospital,his family lived a typical middle-class family in Uganda until his parents divorced when he was 6 letting him and his two siblings grow up with a single mother. Much as he can not count how many siblings he has on his father's side, he is the second born of three kids with the older sister Doreen Apiny and younger brother Brian Smith Were. He is a college dropout from Makerere University where he was offering a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Fine Arts.[4]

His parents having divorced in 1996, Nsamba, his mother and two siblings moved to Naguru-go-down, a huge slum in Kampala, into an unfinished building which flooded when it rained and construction went on as they lived in it. After being diagnosed with HIV, his mother was admitted at Nsambya hospital in 1998 life became unbearable, Nsamba had to work as a kid carrying trash in exchange for old newspapers that he sold to put together money for his little brother's feeding.[5] In 2010 after the death of his friend Ronnie in the July 2010 Kampala attacks,[6] he overcame the drug addiction that he had battled for nearly six years.

Career[edit]

Nsamba on a documentary set in Isiniro in 2018

Nsamba broke through ranks with the successful hit video "Nzijukira" by rapper St. Nelly-Sade in 2012 but it was not until 2015 that he broke through the film industry with his debut short film Crafts: The Value Of Life which was produced under his charity organization 'The Ghetto Film Project'.[7] Nsamba's second film, Silent Depression, was released 16 June 2015,[8] and has since become a cult reference for the effect of smartphones on humanity.[9] It was also regarded as the most prolific film that screened at the 5th annual Slum Film Festival in Nairobi by the press and digital media.[10]

His first film The Wish, a tribute to the fight against cancer, starred little known but celebrated writer-artist-poet-entrepreneur Kidron Googo - Th' KlaFella. In 2012 he was one of the filmmakers whose short film scripts were chosen for the Mnet[11] short film competition and that was the beginning of his film career having previously been affiliated with the hip hop industry. With the growing documentary ideas and script, he soon gained the trust and respect of many and his works through The Ghetto Film Project earned him a nomination at the Social Media Awards[12][13] in 2013. In August 2014 he was part of the GhettoXXI Exhibition in Łódź, Poland, being the only African representative defining the ghetto in African perspective using photography.[14]

In 2015 following his success and success story as a filmmaker using films made on a small budget for social change, he was chosen to be the main facilitator and mentor at the 5th annual Slum Film Festival[15] in Nairobi,Kenya.[16] He mentored a master class of 14 youth from the huge slums of Mathare, Kibera among other places for a two-week workshop from 10 to 20 August after which a short film dubbed Best Of Luck was developed.[17] He also took part as the lead discussant with the Kenya Film Commission, PAWA254[18] among other stake holders in the Kenyan film industry in a series of meetings and workshops organized by Slum Film Festival on low budget film making and measure to improve and grow the quality of the Kenyan film industry.

Personal life[edit]

After dropping out of Makerere University, Nsamba ventured into documentary film making and one day when shooting a documentary for Destiny Friends International an NGO in Uganda he realized there was need not just to take the kids and youth to school but equip them with practical life skills and started up an organization called The Ghetto Film Project in 2013. He has been recognized by among others the Rotary Club Of Kampala Central for his work with vulnerable kids in the ghetto under his organization in 2015.

Filmography[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Film festival nominations[edit]

Film festivals
Year Film Category Festival Result
2015 Crafts:The Value Of Life Best Narrative Short Film Silicon Valley African Film Festival Nominated
2015 Crafts:The Value Of Life Best Short Film (Live Action) Siffcy Nominated
2015 Silent Depression Best Fiction Film Luksuz Film Festival Nominated
2015 Silent Depression Best Short Film (Live Action) Siffcy Nominated
2016 The Dummy Team Short Film Lake International PanAfrican Film Festival Won
2016 Silent Depression Video Art Award Zoom International Film Festival Nominated
2016 Silent Depression Best Short Film Amakula International Film Festival Nominated
2016 The Dummy Team Best Narrative Short Film Silicon Valley African Film Festival Won
2017 Time Irreversible Best Message In A Short Film RoldaWebFest Nominated

Film festival selections[edit]

Official selection
Year Film Festival Country
2015 Crafts:The Value Of Life Slum Film Festival Nairobi, Kenya
2015 Crafts:The Value Of Life International Peace And Film Festival Orlando, Florida, USA
2015 Crafts:The Value Of Life FilmAid Film Festival Nairobi, Kenya
2015 Silent Depression Slum Film Festival Nairobi, Kenya
2016 Silent Depression Amakula International Film Festival Kampala, Uganda
2016 Crafts:The Value Of Life Helsinki African Film Festival Helsinki, Finland
2016 Crafts:The Value Of Life Ozark Shorts USA
2016 Silent Depression Kampala Short Film Festival Kampala, Uganda
2016 Crafts:The Value Of Life Kampala Short Film Festival Kampala, Uganda
2016 The Dummy Team NollyFest Film Program Lagos, Nigeria
2016 The Dummy Team FilmAid Film Festival Nairobi,Kenya
2016 The Dummy Team IndieWise Virtual Film Festival Miami, Florida, USA
2016 Crafts:The Value Of Life IndieWise Virtual Film Festival Miami, Florida, USA
2016 Silent Depression Bayimba International Festival Of The Arts Kampala,Uganda
2016 The Dummy Team Bayimba International Festival Of The Arts Kampala,Uganda
2017 Silent Depression Ngalabi Short Film Festival Kampala,Uganda
2017 Time Irreversible Slum Film Festival Nairobi,Kenya
2017 The Dummy Team Africa International Film Festival USA
2017 Time Irreversible African International Film Festival USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salim, Segawa (9 December 2013). "Uganda's Nsamba George Stanley's Short Film Script Selected By MNet For Production". Urban Hype. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ Salim, Segawa (26 May 2015). "George Stanley Nsamba Shoots Another Short Film". Urban Hype. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  3. ^ Salim, Segawa (19 June 2015). "Ugandan Film Director Shares His Come-Up Story – It's Heart-rending". Urban Hype. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ http://mak.ac.ug/documents/2010UndergradPrvAdm/SIFA2010.pdf
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "'Somali link' as 74 World Cup fans die in Uganda blasts". 12 July 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2017 – via www.BBC.co.uk.
  7. ^ Saviour, Samuel (17 February 2015). "CRAFTS "The Value Of Life" Movie Premiere breaks record!". Samuel Saviour. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. ^ Salim, Segawa (21 June 2015). "Here is The 'Silent Depression' Short Film That Everybody is Talking About". Urban Hype. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  9. ^ Migiro, By Katy. "Kenya film festival aims to change story of slums - Top News - Reuters". af.Reuters.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Kenya film festival aims to "change story" of slums". Yahoo.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "The Uganda Social Media Awards 2016". SocialMediaAwards.ug. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Social Media Awards Nominees List Out - Bigeye.ug". BigEye.ug. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  14. ^ Bałczewski, Marcin. "Plastry Kultury 2014 - wystawa roku". www.PlasterLodzki.pl. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Home". The Slum Film Festival. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Challenging the perception of slums - The Slum Film Festival - Ventures Africa". VenturesAfrica.com. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Site Maintenance". PAWA254.org. Retrieved 25 May 2017.

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