Kenyan short film titled ‘Jethwa’ is a finalist at FOA Film Festival in Australia.
The short documentary film ‘Jethwa’ which was directed by Capital FM’s award-winning filmmaker Samuel Wanjohi has today (20.06.19) been announced as a finalist in the NOVA Employment 2019 Focus On Ability Short Film Awards in the International Documentary category.
‘Jethwa’ is a 6-minute short film by Capital Digital Media that was released on the 14th of June 2019. The well shot and inspiring film tells the story of a one of a kind paraplegic rally driver, Sam Jethwa. At the age of 15, a tragic road accident left the now 40-year-old confined to a wheelchair after sustaining severe spinal cord injury.
However, Jethwa’s disability did not define him and his dream to join rally racing was awoken. According to Capital Lifestyle, in 2003, Jethwa raced in the East Africa Classic Safari to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the National Spinal Injury Hospital in Nairobi raising $14,000 in cash and kind. His life long dream is to do the Dakar rally one day and in so doing, be the first Kenyan and the first person with a disability from East Africa to do the world-renowned Dakar Rally.
Focus on Ability (FOA) founded 11 years ago is designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disability.
Based in Australia, this year’s FOA festival had an amazing 245 entries, including 104 school entries and 61 international films. Following successful screenings last year right around Australia, in New Zealand, New York, Zimbabwe and Malawi this year the competition received entries from 26 countries.
The winner of the International Short film and Documentary sections receive, 2 Return Flights to Australia plus Accommodation. Winners attend Red Carpet Premier on the 6th of September 2019 as well as mentorships with Australian Judges & Industry Professionals.
Voting starts 20th June 2019 and concludes on the 3rd July 2019 via FOA Festival’s official website.
Other Kenyan finalists include ‘One Leg At A Time’ by Bill Kasanda also in the International Documentary category and ‘Misfit’ by Karanja Ng’endo in the Best Short Film category.