Disabilities

BASHIR'S VISION
BASHIR'S VISION

Cultural Studies  African Studies  Disabilities  Loud Roar Productions  2017  Short Films 

Bashir Ramathan worked as a laborer until losing his sight. Destitute and depressed, boxing saved Bashir, now an advocate for the rights of disabled people around Uganda. This uplifting short documentary will remind audiences that if there’s something you want to achieve in life, nothing should stop you.

CINEMANIA
CINEMANIA

Cinema Studies  New York City  Psychology & Psychiatry  Disabilities  Directed by Women  2017 

A documentary cult classic, Cinemania is an affectionate portrait of five obsessive filmgoers whose voracious appetite for film has consumed everything else in their lives. A fascinating look at the roots of film-addiction, Cinemania is an irresistible and hilarious ode to cinephilia for the ages

ALMOST THERE
ALMOST THERE

Kartemquin Films  Art History  Aging / Gerontology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Disabilities  Cinema Studies  Media Studies  Family Relations  Criminal & Law  Health  American Studies  Photography  Human Sexuality  2017 

Humorous and candid, Kartemquin Films' documentary Almost There is a fascinating portrait of eccentric "outsider" artist Peter Anton. Living in a home that has been consumed by mold and filth, the octogenarian has produced a startling collection of unseen paintings, drawings, and notebooks. The film’s remarkable journey follows this witty and gifted artist through startling twists and turns.

91%: A FILM ABOUT GUNS IN AMERICA
91%: A FILM ABOUT GUNS IN AMERICA

2016  Criminal & Law  American Studies  Political Science  Peace & Conflict  Economics  Sociology  Family Relations  Disabilities 

In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, a poll revealed that 91% of Americans support comprehensive background checks that could prevent thousands of similar gun violence tragedies nationwide. 91%: A Film about Guns in America allows for those permanently affected by the aftermath of gun violence to have a voice.

50 FEET FROM SYRIA
50 FEET FROM SYRIA

2016  Short Films  Peace & Conflict  Disabilities  Medicine  Middle Eastern Studies  Death & Dying 

A gripping and timely snapshot that provides a glimpse into the plight of Syrian refugees, 50 Feet from Syria uncovers the humanitarian efforts of a Syrian-American orthopedic surgeon who travels to the Turkish border to volunteer to operate on victims of the civil war.

FLORE
FLORE

2015  Health  Disabilities  Death & Dying  Art History  Aging / Gerontology  Medicine 

A touching film about hope and dignity that asks how we as a society care for our elderly, Flore is an intimate documentary about the director's relationship with his mother, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. Refusing to watch his mother waste away under hospital care, Lievre brings her to a seaside cottage in Corsica, where despite all the doctors’ prognoses, she begins to recover.

RESTORING THE LIGHT
RESTORING THE LIGHT

Anthropology  Asian Studies  Disabilities  Health  Economics  Cultural Studies  Children & Young Adult  2013  Medicine  Directed by Women 

A heart-wrenching documentary, Restoring the Light observes the work of a dedicated ophthalmologist who operates a non-profit mobile eye clinic in one of China's poorest regions, as well as the lives of his patients. It captures the adversities and hopes of a population that has been left behind in the wake of China's dizzying economic boom.

PLANET OF SNAIL
PLANET OF SNAIL

Asian Studies  Health  Disabilities  Literature  Performing Arts  2012 

Winner of the prestigious Best Documentary prize at the International Film Festival Amsterdam, Planet of Snail is a mesmerizing, critically-acclaimed documentary about an accomplished young poet who can no longer hear or see and his relationship to the world around him.

BHOPALI
BHOPALI

Environmental Studies  Health  Disabilities  Criminal & Law  Asian Studies  2011 

On December 2, 1984, forty tons of poisonous gas leaked from a Union Carbide (DOW Chemical) pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, killing over 20,000 people. Today, hundreds of thousands continue to suffer from chronic diseases and disabilities. Bhopali is an invaluable examination of the world's worst environmental disaster.

CODY: THE FIRST STEP
CODY: THE FIRST STEP

Disabilities  Health  Women's Studies  Science  Sociology  Political Science  2009 

Narrated by actress Glenn Close, this heartfelt documentary follows Cody Unser, a remarkable young woman left paralyzed from a rare neurological disorder, as she learns to live with her disability while working to raise awareness, improve quality of life and find a cure for those afflicted with spinal cord related paralysis.

WHAT’S UNDER YOUR HAT?
WHAT’S UNDER YOUR HAT?

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Disabilities  Art History  2008  Directed by Women 

A journey into the world of outsider art, as seen through the works of Judith Scott, an artist with Down Syndrome whose enigmatic sculptures have won her worldwide acclaim.

MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA
MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH: TERRA INCOGNITA

Science  Health  Disabilities  American Studies  Political Science  Biology  Kartemquin Films  2007  Medicine  Directed by Women 

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita puts a human face on the stem cell debate by following the work of Dr. Jack Kessler, a renowned expert in the field, as he searches for a cure to spinal cord injury, and the breakthrough that will allow his injured daughter to walk again.

HOME FRONT
HOME FRONT

Psychology & Psychiatry  Political Science  Disabilities  American Studies 

Over 20,000 American soldiers have been wounded in the war in Iraq. This powerful documentary gives a face and a voice to these under-represented soldiers by telling one family's heartbreaking and inspiring story.

THE SETTLEMENT (Russia in Transition, Vol. 3)
THE SETTLEMENT (Russia in Transition, Vol. 3)

Russia  Psychology & Psychiatry  Environmental Studies  Eastern Europe  Disabilities  Cinema Studies  Anthropology 

A critically-acclaimed, visually arresting documentary about a very strange Russian settlement, from renowned documentary filmmaker, Sergei Loznitsa.

LIVING THE AUTISM MAZE
LIVING THE AUTISM MAZE

Health  Family Relations  Disabilities  Directed by Women 

This film is very revealing in its portrait of families in their quest to help their children with autism. The viewer will be surprised at the extent of the families efforts in gaining information and trying to come up with a plan.

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VIEW FROM THE INSIDE: YOU'RE NEVER OVER LOVE

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Disabilities  Death & Dying  Aging / Gerontology  Directed by Women 

In Just Ordinary Days, Cindy, a 47-year-old woman with terminal cancer, discussed her imminent death. Three years later, the people closest to her present the next chapter in her story. Supported by health-care professionals and members of the clergy, Cindy’s family members and friends talk about what her loss has meant to them, how they are coping with that loss, and how they have found ways to keep her in their lives.

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WATER NIGHT, TOUCH LIGHT

Art History  Disabilities  Directed by Women 

This video explores art and creativity through the work of three painters who are blind. As each artist reveals her perceptions of color, light and landscape, uniquely moving stories emerge amid a background of richly colored paintings and striking work techniques.

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VIEW FROM THE INSIDE: PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

Disabilities  Health 

Focusing on two people with disabilities—Terri and Danny, both of whom use wheelchairs—this video offers an in-depth look at many aspects of living with disability.

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VIEW FROM THE INSIDE: ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - THE JOURNEY WITHIN

Health  Disabilities 

This informative video takes viewers through a daughter's deepest feelings, expressed in a journal, as she watches her mother go through the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and shows how those feelings eventually lead her to experience a profound change within herself.

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LOSING IT

Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Disabilities  Directed by Women 

This feature-length, cross-cultural documentary, filmed on four continents, explores the lives of people who are living with physical disability, revealing their aspirations and realities

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