About the Project


“It started like Malaria,” Eli’s mother says, but the problems have continued ever since. Eli, a young boy in West Kenya, has a mental disability that regularly throws him into fits and limits his capacity to do anything on his own. His mother is burdened by her child, but is unable to do anything about it. Eli is the honest portrayal of a disabled child’s daily life contrasted to those of students of a nearby school in an effort to highlight the importance of special needs care and education.

Eli Frame 1


According to the United Nations, over 3 million Kenyans are disabled and most receive little to no assistance from the government. More problematic is that many people view these disabilities as bad omens or burdens on their life. Eli was created to raise awareness for these overlooked and often discriminated people.

Eli Frame 2


As a simple portraiture film, Eli is an honest introduction to the issue of mental disability in Kenya and similar developing countries. Eli’s story represents just one of the many who face this issue and acts as a reminder that there are those who have no voice to call out for help.

Eli Frame 3

Project Details

  •  Micro Documentary
  •  Chwele, Kenya
  •  May, 2013
  •  4 min. 11 sec.
"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody - I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat."
— Mother Teresa