A selection of short films about those who are living with disabilities, and how they continue to overcome the limits society has tried to place on them.
So OCD is a silent film that follows a 20-something with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder through a typical night out...well, typical for her. She is social and enjoys going out with her friends, but instead of being able to go home at the end of the night and go to bed, she has to spend hours finding resolution for all the triggers she encountered along the way - people touching her at the bar, sitting on restaurant benches, handing off her credit card, etc. Ashamed to share how difficult seemingly inconsequential activities end up being for her, she quietly handles them at home. Alone.
John, is a drama that examines the life of a man living with a physical disability as he embarks on a journey of self-acceptance, confidence and love.
Thaddeus is a happy boy who lives with his mother and half-sister in a small house. Because of a brain injury, Thaddeus has a difficult time communicating with people but still sees the beauty in his surroundings.
Before the day of his mother’s birthday. He wants to give his mother a special gift by saying Happy Birthday to her. After Thaddeus falls down and hits his head in the bathroom, he can suddenly understand the human language. On the day of his mother’s birthday, his sister mocks him because she doesn’t want her boyfriend to know Thaddeus is not a normal boy. And, his mother turns a blind eye to his sister’s behaver.
The malicious words are full of Thaddeus’s head. He decides to stick the pencils into his ear, and the world is finally quiet.
During the darkest day of his life thus far, Mike Cole, must face his most challenging insecurity.
Upon discovering she has the dance audition of a lifetime, Cahira's internal battle with schizophrenia threatens to destroy it.
JoAnn Davidson (Meredith Thomas) is a very successful realtor. However, she is also estranged from her adopted son, Brandon (Albert Kong). After an interaction with a clothing store employee (Brianna Wheeler), JoAnn attempts to reconnect with Brandon during the holidays.
As a child Nancy Willis dreamt of joining the circus, longing for freedom and adventure. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and a prognosis not to live beyond her twenties, the now 65-year-old artist invites us into her world. Combining hard hitting memories of societal discrimination with the depth and beauty of everyday moments, she opens up about vulnerability, self-exploration, family and maternity. This is a stark reminder of the treatment of disabled people, but also a remarkable story of a woman who refused to be broken by society’s limited expectations of her. The narrative meanders seamlessly between the grounded and the dream-like. A rich tapestry of artwork, observation and archive, illustrates the challenges of physical deterioration, but also the infinite possibilities of imagination.
At a daycare center in Stolin, Belarus, young people with disabilities are directed and participate as actors in theatrical productions. Their perceived limitations evaporate on stage, revealing depths of character and capabilities that are seldom explored.