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The Indian director of Monsoon Wedding discusses the film school she runs in Africa to train up budding actors, directors and crew and what it takes to be a director.

For nearly 30 years, the director Mira Nair has lived in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. It is here that she set up Maisha Film Lab, a film school which operates in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda.

“One of the sad facts of the African continent is that there’s not much training,” Nair explains. “And yet we talk about the paucity of African stories told by African film-makers… that was why Maisha was born.”

Nair – whose films include Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair, Mississippi Masala and Salaam Bombay! – shot her latest film, Queen of Katwe, in Africa, and many ex-Maisha students worked on the production.

In this clip, Nair meets four of her most successful alumni to discuss the situation for young film-makers in Africa and how Maisha has helped them. Click on the video above to find out more.

The Art of Directing with Mira Nair airs on BBC World News at 02:30 and 08:30 (GMT) on Sat 9 Dec and 14:30 and 21:30 (GMT) on Sun 10 Dec. Check the schedule for details.

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