Oreste Hafashimana a Rwandan filmaker and producer has been selected by the Focus On Ability a not-for- profit disability employment agency funded by the Australian Government to encourage the global community to become more aware of people with disability where a winner walks away with $100,000 cash prizes.
Hafashimana’s short film ‘For a Reason’ portrays the contested ability of people living with disabilities and calls the society to credit them.
The movie producer and actor say his movie is inspired by the urge to empower people living with disability by initiating efforts to boost their self-esteem as well as their financial capacity.
“Everyday many people downgrade people with disabilities by thinking that they are unable but through my short film I'm able to disclose their hidden potentials which if society helps them to exploit they can manage to live independently on their earned incomes. That’s why my film was nominated amongst the international finalists” he says.
The short film ‘For a Reason’ is based on the story of Fabiola, a Rwandan albino who is stigmatized by her school mates because of the color of her skin.
The young Fabiola is exposed to the cinema industry because of his unique skin as early as possible and as she starts gaining popularity before camera's she uses it as a tool to speak for fellow albino's.
Hafashimana has produced many other short films in Rwanda including ‘Menya Wirinde’ which won in iAccelerator as one of the best project with solution on the sexual reproductive health and people with disability.
He is currently the CEO and Co-founder of ‘Like a Doctor Ltd,’ one of Rwanda's best events coverage and film making companies offering film making services, photography, videography and live streaming services for different events.
The festival sponsors donates over 100,000 USD a worth of prizes and cash to encourage young filmmakers and people with disabilities to tell their stories.