Shema Deve, a 24-year old Rwandan has had his short film ‘Running’ qualified to compete among 17 films from 15 countries shortlisted in Australia Film Festival.
The Australia festival is dubbed “focus on ability short film festival’.
‘Running’, a short film is about a deaf-mute boy whose sister suffered from physical disability.Their father was in jail while the mum is critically ill and getting medical assistance at the hospital. As the bank wants to auction their house since their parents had unpaid bank loans, the mute young boy decided to join athletics where he performed well and won awards which helped him to liberate family’s property from being auctioned.
Talking to IGIHE, Shema Deve the artiste who produced the film ‘Running’ of 4 minute and 56 seconds explained that she was interested to depict how disability is not inability and avoid discrimination against disabled people.
“I produced the film as a way of fighting discrimination against disabled people for they can also contribute to the progress of the family and community in general. This makes them feel not abandoned,” he said.
Shema Deve produced the film Running in March, 2016 encouraged by Sylvie Kwisenga , a Rwandan living abroad who informed her about submission of films to compete in Australia film festival.
After the submission on 13th April, 2016 his film was shortlisted in June, 2016.
Shema Deve got inspiration when he was in ordinary level at College George Fox de Kagarama wherehe started writing short stories .He continued writing short stories when he went to College de Kigoma in Nyanza district where he did advanced level in Computer Science.
After completing his secondary studies in 2013 he attended Rwanda Christian Film Festival held at Goethe Institute in Kigali where he got tips of how to write a good script of the film.
In 2014 he attended another workshop dubbed Kwetu Film Institute in Nyarutarama, Kigali city where he obtained advanced knowledge of making a film.
In 2016 he attended another workshop of Maisha Film Lab .Since then he started the film project.
‘Running’ was his first short film which he produced in March, 2016 making his dream true.
After online voting in July, the Australia film festival will award the best shot film and the most voted.
Shortlisted films are voted on http://www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/Running_958.html .After opening this website the voter clicks the section of international films where the short film of Shema Deve is listed and is voted after submitting the form filled by the voter.
The festival will award the best international shot film and the most voted film after online voting in July,2016 .Awarding winners is set to be held on on 7th September,2016.