By MICHELO HIMAAMBO –
THE Tukumbukeni Women’s Support Group in Lusaka has launched a short film called The Trespass to sensitise members of the public about how to care for disabled children.
The Trespass is a real life narrative of a disabled boy named John whose life was made difficult by his parents.
In this story, John and his mum are abandoned by his father who tells his wife that he cannot stay with a woman who bore him a disabled son.
The short film features Tukumbukeni facilitator Catherine Lombe who acts as John’s mother.
In the story, John seems to be a burden to his mother who found that she was restricted in her movements because of John’s disability.
The film depicts real life situation in which most parents of disabled children opt to hide the children indoors because they feel embarrassed to let society know about such children.
The director of the short film Evans Chisenga said the movie is meant to educate the community on how to care for children with disabilities.
She said the film was also produced in order to help the Chazanga Township based group raise funds for the education and skill training support for the disabled.
The film is also aimed at promoting acting among talented disabled people who could be interested in film.