Rungano Nyoni from Zambia, has been crisscrossing the globe to festival screenings of her film Mwansa the Great since its release this year.
The film evolved from the 2009 Focus Features' Africa First Program for which her film project was chosen along with four other African filmmakers to receive financial and professional support to make their short films.
The film tells the story of eight year old Mwansa who aspires to be a hero and embarks upon a journey to prove his greatness - with unexpected consequences. Rungano Nyoni, who grew up writing stories, wanted to show the normality and fulfilled dreams of childhood despite adversity.
Rungano Nyoni on Focus Features
Trailer - Mwansa the Great (2011) by Rungano Nyoni