Cilla Lowen, a Cape Town based screenwriter, has won the Best Script Award at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York with her feature film script 'A Mother's Legacy'.
The historical drama tells the story of a woman's struggle to save her Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) brother from exploitation by drug dealers, while she deals with her own secret drinking demons. It's set in Wellington in 1993, at the time of the cessation of the 'Tot System' which caused tension on farms between farmers and their workers.
The topic of FASD is particularly socially relevant as those affected have a set of social behaviours making them vulnerable to criminal exploitation which explains the movie's tagline 'Any mother can create an innocent criminal'.
FASD is the main form of mental disability worldwide and is four times more prevalent than HIV/AIDS.