ReelAbilities Film Festival

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ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases award-winning international films presenting the stories and artistic expression of people with disabilities. It is the largest film festival in the world dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.

ReelAbilities brings communities together to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

This year, the ReelAbilities Film Festival will be held virtually! Please check back for more information on how to view the films and participate in virtual discussions. 

 

Sunday Afternoon, April 5, 1 pm

Afternoon of Short Films

ANGEL’S MIRRORAngel's Mirror Photo ReelAbilities film festival
Dir. Cheng Chao
14 min – Narrative – China

A group of young boys are fascinated by a girl who spends her days looking out of the window. 

Note: This beautiful short film touches on themes of bullying, difference, and exclusion.

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Dir. Katie Turinski
11 min – Documentary – U.S.

A peek inside a unique business owned and operated by a man with Down Syndrome and his father.

Note: A father and son share a loving relationship (and sense of humor) as they build a successful business. 

You can watch a trailer for this film by clicking here!

AUTISM: THE SEQUEL
Dir. Tricia Regan
39 min – Documentary – U.S.

Five young adults on the spectrum navigate their early twenties as they begin to work or go to college. A sequel to AUTISM: The Musical. 

Note: The new film addresses the question many families struggle with: What will happen when my kid grows up? 

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IKTAMULI
Dir. Anne-Christine Plate
5 min – Animation – Germany

The animated inner monologue of a woman confronting her relationship with her son who has a disability. 

Note: This film depicts with great honesty a mother’s ambivalent feelings as she navigates everyday life with her son and struggles to accept him as he is.

You can watch a trailer for this film by clicking here!

 

 

Monday afternoon, April 6, 1 pm
Afternoon of Short Films

THE MAN OF THE TREES Man of the Trees daniel reelabilities film festival
Dir. Andrea Trivero
19 min – Documentary – Italy

The life of Daniel Balimá, a horticulturist with a disability in Burkina Faso.

Note: Our film committee loved this beautiful short film about a man who despite his physical disability finds meaning, grace, and dignity through his work.

You can watch a trailer for this film by clicking here!

Moment to Moment film Reelabailities festivalMOMENT TO MOMENT
Dir. Michael Attie
13 min – Documentary – U.S.

Carl and Susan, husband and wife, scientist and artist, navigate the challenges of Carl’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Note: This film focuses on a husband and wife who find moments of beauty, love, and joy even in the face of a difficult illness.

IKTAMULIIktamuli Poster reelabilities film festival
Dir. Anne-Christine Plate
5 min – Animation – Germany

The animated inner monologue of a woman confronting her relationship with her son who has a disability. 

Note: This film depicts with great honesty a mother’s ambivalent feelings as she navigates everyday life with her son and struggles to accept him as he is.

You can watch a trailer for this film by clicking here!

 

 

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance (which you can do by filling out the form below), please contact Peggy Kurtz at (718) 268-5011 ext. 151 or by emailing her at [email protected]

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