Martin Rinoona lost his hearing suddenly after a childhood illness at the age of 10.
“It was a difficult time. Initially my father never wanted me to learn sign language and forced me to read people’s lips instead," Rinoona told Nehanda Radio.
“At that point I almost lost hope in the future because I would interpret things wrongly in class and it was only later after meeting other deaf people that I accepted who I had become.”
His father eventually came around and is now his son's biggest supporter.
Rinoona's big break came when he met Nick Zemura, a United States-based Zimbabwean filmmaker who was writing a script for a film titled featuring a deaf man called Mwarianesu.
“I went to the United States under the Mandela Washington Fellowship, where we spent six weeks training on leadership in the civic society."
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