Courtinho Kemiyondo is not a new name on the Ugandan entertainment scene. She’s one of the founders of the monthly music showcase A Ka Dope, director of the award winning short film Kyenvu and as things look at the moment, her star will shine even brighter in 2020. Kemiyondo last year relocated to the US and she has been onto many things. She became the first Ugandan and probably first African director to have a film stream on Hulu.
Next year on January 17, Kemiyondo will reach yet another milestone when Little America, an American television series she stars in premieres on Apple’s streaming service Apple TV. The eight episode series is focused on lives of immigrants in America with a bias towards their background, love lives and aspirations.
The drama whose trailer was released on Friday also stars Mélanie Laurent, Haaz Sleiman, and Sherilyn Fenn, Kemiyondo’s character is seen in Kampala being sent off and cautioned not to forget her Ugandan roots.
Little America is inspired by Epic Magazine’s series of the same title that followed true stories of eight immigrants.
Besides Little America, Kemiyondo has been handling lots of things in 2019, keeping A Ka Dope active as well as a crowd funding initiative, 5 for Five that aims at helping five female film makers make five short films.