Focus on Ability has awarded the 2020 short film-makers and actors, as MACOHA calls film-makers to focus on the plight of disabled people in rural areas of Malawi.
Philmon Layson Kuipa and Dzaleka Film-makers emerged this year Focus on Ability short film festival winners and each went home with 500 dollars.
Speaking after the prize presentation ceremony on Sunday 25 October 2020, Philmon Layson Kuipa said winning this year short film competition is like a dream come true as he has a passion to fight for the right of vulnerable people in the society.
“This award is a motivation to my career as a journalist. I have been approaching several organization with a radio program concept to allow people with disabilities to voice out their views, but I wasn’t successful”, said Kuipa.
He said : “When I heard about the competition I know this is my chance to produce a film about people with disability especially those with albinism”.
“Resilience is a short film about Overston Kondowe the then president of APAM who has a passion to fight for the rights of persons with albinism in Malawi”, Kuipa said describing his award-winning short film.
Wailesi Taimu from Chiponde Mangochi, who emerged as the best film actor in a short film called No inability in Me and went away with 250 dollars could not hide his happiness as he says the money will help him boost his business.
Focus on Ability executive director MacDonald Nyirenda commended Malawian voters who participated through online voting for their overwhelming response to the short film festival.
Nyirenda said: “This year 2,433 voters participated in online voting as compared to last year, 300 add this means the initiative is successful.
Meanwhile, Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) has called upon Malawian short film-makers to focus much on people with disabilities from rural areas.
Public relations officer for MACOHA Harriet Kachimanga said there are a lot of people with disability in rural areas whose lives need to be uplifted through telling their stories in media.
In 2020, 26 films from Malawi participated in the festival organized by Nova employment from Australia and focus on ability from Malawi.