Inclusion through Film
Sie Yves Eric and Kanagh Guy are Special Olympics Youth Leaders in Cote d’Ivoire, who aim to support the Unified Generation through their love of film and acting. They are excited to lead their Youth Innovation Project to develop a film that promotes the message of inclusion, and then screen it in their community to share the message more broadly.
The film will feature a person with an intellectual disability who will initially be a victim of neglect, an object of discrimination, and a source of family conflict before being accepted and included. This short film aims to promote the integration and inclusion of people with intellectual disability at the roots: in families. Once made, the film will be screened in a movie theatre with an audience made of people with and without intellectual disabilities. After a lot of turmoil and disagreement throughout the plot of the movie, the end of the film brings the realization to all characters that “everyone with or without disabilities has the same place in society.” And Sie Yves Eric and Kanagh Guy hope that their audience without intellectual disability will receive the same message.
The Youth Activation Coordinator of Francophonic countries in the Special Olympics Africa Region, Kamil Kouakou, has taken an active role in mentoring all of the Youth Innovation Project leaders from Cote d’Ivoire. He believes that this film project led by Sie Yves Eric and Kanagh Guy will help the Cote d’Ivoire community. “Everyone will understand that ultimately people with intellectual disability are not so different as they could have thought… because they will understand that people with intellectual disability have as much capacity and wisdom to share, they just need to be given the opportunity to express it.” He also believes that “for people with intellectual disability, this film will [help] them feel more confident and valuable as members of their schools or communities.”