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Kenyan Short Film Becomes A ‘Finalist’ In Two Australian Festivals

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Film & Television 8th Aug 2017 Media Source Africa


Samuel Wanjohi, an upcoming Kenyan filmmaker, has his latest documentary film “Imara” selected as a finalist in the NOVA Employment 2017 Focus On Ability Short Film Awards in Australia. The film tells the story of Mwangi, a professional Kenyan cyclist from Kenyan Riders Safaricom whose dreams of being a world champion in the sport live on, despite having lost his left leg during the Tour du Rwanda 2016 in Kigali.

It is one among nine other Kenyan short films selected to compete in the international festival. In their ninth year, the Focus on Ability (FOA) Awards is designed to encourage film makers to focus on the ability of people with disability. Last year’s edition saw winners come from Uganda and Sri Lanka. The winner of the international section receives two return airfares to Australia to attend the Focus On Ability Red Carpet Awards in September, among other awards.

“Having met Mwangi in 2016 while he was racing in Rwanda, it was intriguing to me when I learnt that he was back on the bike even after breaking one of his legs during the race. As a storyteller, I longed to watch such a story of resilience told in a film and that’s how I decided to embark on this project”, said the director of the film. Samuel hopes to follow through with the story of Mwangi until 2020 during the Olympics in Tokyo Japan, where Mwangi is aiming to compete.

Having emerged as a finalist again for ‘best documentary’ with the same film in My RODE Reel Short Film Competition in Australia a week ago, Samuel is excited about the recognition that Kenyan films are getting internationally and believes that this is the harvest time for the Kenyan film industry.

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