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"People with disabilities equal non disabled people"

‘Encourage & I Can’ was made by Purple Field Productions in partnership with Epic Arts at the beginning of 2010 and launched at the British Council in Phnon Nenh last summer. The film shows the life and work of 3 empowered people living with disabilities in Kampot, and includes the obstacles the disabled protagonists have faced throughout their lives and how encouragement from society has provided the strength to overcome them. “Encourage, and I Can” offers role models for disabled people and demonstrates that the common perceptions of disability are incorrect and that disabled people lead interesting and fulfilling lives.

Epic Arts Cambodia has carried out some 33 screenings since the launch, 12 screenings in schools and 21 in the community. In all, over 4,000 people have so far been reached with a potentially life-changing message about disability.

During the school screenings, the documentary protagonist Meas Chakriya went to talk with the students after the screening. Having her at the screening was a positive thing as it reinforced the Epic message and presented her as a strong role model as a person living with a disability who has ability and lives a fully independent and successful life.

The discussions that follow each showing have been really heart-warming. Here are a sample of answers to two of the questions the children were asked during the discussions in some of the secondary schools.

“What did you see?”

“Stop looking down on people with disabilities.”

“People with disabilities equal non disabled people.”

“I see their ability.”

“I can see they express their ideas (advocacy).”

“What do you think people with disabilities can do?

“They have ability as non disabled people.”

“They can go to school and learn.”

“They can marry, have children.” –

“The can dance, perform arts and study and play sports.”

“They can involve in social activities.”

“They have rights to get jobs.”

“People with disabilities equal non disabled people”

‘Encourage & I Can’ was made by Purple Field Productions in partnership with Epic Arts at the beginning of 2010 and launched at the British Council in Phnon Nenh last summer. The film shows the life and work of 3 empowered people living with disabilities in Kampot, and includes the obstacles the disabled protagonists have faced throughout their lives and how encouragement from society has provided the strength to overcome them. “Encourage, and I Can” offers role models for disabled people and demonstrates that the common perceptions of disability are incorrect and that disabled people lead interesting and fulfilling lives.

Epic Arts Cambodia has carried out some 33 screenings since the launch, 12 screenings in schools and 21 in the community. In all, over 4,000 people have so far been reached with a potentially life-changing message about disability.

During the school screenings, the documentary protagonist Meas Chakriya went to talk with the students after the screening. Having her at the screening was a positive thing as it reinforced the Epic message and presented her as a strong role model as a person living with a disability who has ability and lives a fully independent and successful life.

The discussions that follow each showing have been really heart-warming. Here are a sample of answers to two of the questions the children were asked during the discussions in some of the secondary schools.

“What did you see?”

“Stop looking down on people with disabilities.”

“People with disabilities equal non disabled people.”

“I see their ability.”

“I can see they express their ideas (advocacy).”

“What do you think people with disabilities can do?

“They have ability as non disabled people.”

“They can go to school and learn.”

“They can marry, have children.” –

“The can dance, perform arts and study and play sports.”

“They can involve in social activities.”

“They have rights to get jobs.”