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Rehema Nanfuka

  • Rehema Nanfuka
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Film director, Theatre director, Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
Column : Theater, Cinema/tv

Amazing Ugandan actress, writer, film director, stage director and producer.

Rehema NANFUKA was born on May 25th, 1985, in Jinja, Uganda.
She is an actress, known for Imani (directed by Caroline Kamya, 2010), Imbabazi (2013), Imperial Blue (2018) and Queen of Katwe (2016), among other films.
Rehema went to Kibuli Secondary School, then Makerere University, Uganda's oldest university where she obtained a degree in International Business. She is also an alumna of Maisha Film Lab.

With no intentions of becoming a film actress, Rehema veered into the IMANI auditions accidentally. Rehema explains that she was only meeting a friend at the National Theater when she decided to audition. A natural in front of the camera, it comes as no surprise she has always had dreams of becoming a television newscaster. She is also highly interested in marketing, and is soon to graduate from Makerere University with a degree in international business. She cites her other hobbies as reading and writing. She believes the IMANI production has been revealing and very different from any other production she has worked on; in comparison more professional. She is glad to have taken part in the feature and is even happier that this film will definitely set a mark in the still growing Ugandan film industry.

She plays "Mary" in IMANI (Caroline Kamya, 2010). She won the Best Actress Award at Tarifa International Film festival 2010, Spain and the Most promising Actress AMAA at 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Rehema starred as Suzanna in Yat Madit in 2016 alongside Gladys Oyenbot and Michael Wawuyo Jr.. For this role, she won the award for Best actress TV at the Uganda Film Festival in 2017.
Rehema NANFUKA successfully written and produced the short films, "Breaking Beats" and "Haunted Souls" which has so far been shown at the Zanzibar international film festival and is in the official selection Durban International film festival.
She directed the short films 5 Yogera shorts (2018, and as writer) and 4G Spirit (2013)

Nominations and awards
2017 - Won: Best Actress TV award / Uganda film Festival
2015 - Nominated: Best Actress (The Pardon -role) / Festival du Cinéma Africain de Khouribga, Morocco
2013 - Won: Best spoken word Artist in Kampala / Goethe Institute spoken word project, Africa
2010 - Won: Best Actress Film Award (Imani- role) / African Film Festival of Cordoba, Spain
2010 - Won: Most Promising Actress (Imani- role) / AMAA - African Movie Academy Awards, Nigeria

Filmography

2018 - Kafa Coh. Role: Lisa Borera
* Actress

2018 - Imperial Blue. Role: Angela Mbira
* Actress

2018 - Facing North / Short
* Actress (Role: Stella)

2018 - 5 Yogera shorts
* Director/ Writer

2017 - Kyenvu.
* Actress (Role: Taxi gossip)

2017 - Tebandeke's Dream. Documentary
* Writer / Producer

2017 - Papi
* Actress (Role: Mother)

2015 - Queen of Katwe / Prod:Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
* Actress (Role: Nurse)

2015 - King of Darkness
* Actress (Role: Doctor)

2013 - The-Pardon (Imbabazi)
* Actress (Role: Alice)

2013 - The Road We Travel. Role: Housewife
* Actress

2013 - Haunted Souls. Role: Apoto Grace Yes
* Actress

2013 - Nico the Donkey
* Writer / Producer

2013 - 4G Spirit / Documentary
* Director

2010 - Imani. Won two awards; Best Actress Tarifa Africa film festival and Most promising actress at the AMAAs
* Actress (Role: Mary)

2010 - Estranged
* Actress (Role: Single mother)

2009 - The Pardon / Short / Prod:Maisha Film Lab
* Actress (Role: Alice)

2008 - Down Cast / Prod:Maisha Film Lab
* Actress (Role: Housewife)

Television

2018 - Export Baby (Episode 2) / Prod: NPO 1 Dutch Public Broadcasting
* Actress (Role: Mother forced to sell baby)

2018 - Reflections / Prod: Savannah Moon Pictures
* Actress (Role: Nkinzi)

2016 - Yat Madit / Prod: Media Focus on Africa
* Actress (Role: Suzanna)

2014 - Love Makanika / Prod: Dilstories
* Actress (Role: Lead)

2011 - Fruits of love / Prod: IVAD Productions
* Actress (Role: Eldest daughter)

2010 - Kakibe ki! / Prod: NTV Uganda
* Actress (Role: Lead)

Theatre

2018 - The Slay Queens of Africa Musical / Afroman Spice
* Director

2018 - Adoption
* Actress (Wife)

2018 - We are back! Destiny Africa 2018 tour
* Director

2017 - Tropical Fish
* Director & Actress (Solo Performer)

2017 - Just You, Me and the Silence
* Actress (Wife/Journalist)

2017 - My life in a coloured box
* Actress (Solo performer)

2017 - TVET / For Belgium embassy
* Director

2016 - The Laramie Project
* Actress (Journalist/ Student /Lecturer)

2016 - Ga-AD!
* Actress (Faith - Secretary)

2016 - One Man, One Wife / (Laba Fest)
* Director

2015 - The body of a woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian war
* Multi-Actress (Dorra and Kate)

2015 - Betrayal in the City
* Director

2015 - Visions of Destiny
* Director & Writer

2013 - Macbeth Lady
* Actress (Macbeth)

2012 The River and the Mountain
* Actress (Pastor)

2011 No Exit
* Actress (Estelle)

2010 The cow needs a wife / Prod: BBC African Performance Program
* Actress (Blind Janat)

Commercials

2018 - Airtel Uganda / Agency: Swangz Avenue
* Actress (Goretti - Lead)

2018 - Ecobank Uganda / Agency: Swangz Avenue
* Actress (Pharmacy lady)

2016 - Milk Man Uganda / Agency: Swangz Avenue
* Actress: Lead (working class lady)

2015 - AIRTEL Malawi / Agency: Swangz Avenue
* Actress: Lead (Kuchoka loan)

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