Kenyan Focus on Ability


Josephine Mirembe Nkuubi from the IAWRT- Kenya has stepped up to the challenge of portraying the ability of people with disability.

Her short film, Sign My Order, is a finalist in the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival awards based in Australia.

The films will be featured at a gala event in Sep[tember and are later screened on Australian televsision with additional screenings in Australian capital cities, in the US and African countries. 

Sign My Order has been selected in the International Documentaries Category, in the Nova Employment 2019 Focus On Ability Short Film Awards.

Josephine says the 5-minute story is about five deaf waiters employed at Pallet Café in Nairobi. They share their hardship and challenges in getting employed and the joyous impact that comes with becoming recognized and appreciated employees.

“My main aim is to create awareness on unbiased opportunities such as employment in addition to encouraging non-disabled persons and institutions to accept persons with disability as being able to fully participate in societal undertakings, hence realizing their full potential.”

The Focus on Ability Festival is designed to encourage filmmakers to focus on the ability of people with disability. This year is the festival’s 11th year.

The winner of the International Short film and Documentary sections receive 2 Return Flights to Australia.

Josephine Nkuubi is the Vice Chair of the IAWRT-Kenya Chapter, and this is the second time she has made it into the finals.