He lost his leg in a horrific motorbike crash a few years ago. But that has not stopped adrenaline junkie Bill Kasanda from fulfilling his sporting dreams.
Living by his life mantra ” It’s a brave new world and you’re part of it,” he says, ”the accident turned my world upside down but as soon as I could get out of hospital I was back in the gym trying to exercise as I was doing before. And yes! Trying to get back on the bike.”
I’ve met Bill numerous times at the gym, all I can say is Mad Props. And another thing he doesn’t and didn’t let his inability hinder his creativity. Kenyan actor and Super biker Kasanda aka Mad Max, recently snagged this year’s Best International Actor Award for his short film ‘Chances’.
“I feel great winning because it gives me the satisfaction that we have people out there encouraging people to focus on their ability, not the disability,” he says during our phone chat while in Australia.
In their ninth year, the Focus on Ability (FOA) Awards is designed to encourage film makers to focus on the ability of people with disabilities. He certainly did that!
“People go through tough situations everyday. Challenges don’t choose, they are out there for everyone as long as you are alive and breathing, you stand a chance to overcome your challenges. Be ready to take hits and keep moving forward.”
Kasanda’s award winning film gives us fantastic insight into how society’s attitudes are changing towards people with disabilities. I don’t think you can fail to be impressed and inspired by taking a minute to watch the short film.
Despite his first film “The Rider” didn’t get much recognition it surely did motivate Kasanda to create his second master piece. Click on the link to watch it.
Nine Kenyan films were also in competition in this year’s Focus on Ability, Short Film Festival in Australia.