Film festival spotlights disability
By Kundai Marunya
Following a successful run last year, film-makers will once again focus their lenses on the disabled, screening captured exceptional talents and special skills.
The second annual Focus on Ability Film Festival Africa (FOA) will this time be held at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Ruwa on 21 October, hosting short-films from across Africa and beyond.
Organised by Ruth Pasi under her African Theatres Australia organisation, the festival is sponsored by Nova Employment Ltd with support from Dotito Moringa Tea Company, Spice Reign Media and Advertising Company, and the Ministry of Public service and Social Welfare.
Ruth Pasi Foundation public relations officer Ezekiel Manjengenja said, “We are hoping to have a turnout of over 2000 people beating last year’s turnout of 1000.”
The event will be graced by government officials, St Giles School, Kapota School of the blind and award-wining dancer Blessing Fire.
“Blessing Fire is a renowned dancer who despite being disabled has done exceptionally well for himself, superseding even the able bodied colleagues in his sector,” said Manjengenja.
“His presence at the festival will also remind people of the realities depicted in different films to be showcased.”
Manjengenja also called on local film-makers to submit their short-films if they want to feature at the festival.
“Last year we had films from Rwanda, Malawi, Cameroon and Zimbabwe, among other countries,” he said. “This year we look forward to screening at least 10 films from Africa and the rest of the world.”