WMM: Must-See Documentaries About Disability

We invite you to explore the films below which bring awareness to the social, economic and political realities faced by persons with disabilities and highlight the importance of working towards ensuring inclusiveness and equality for all.
DEFIANT LIVES is a triumphant film that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement. It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate. Featuring interviews and rarely seen archival footage, the film reveals how these activists fought to live outside of institutions, challenged the stigmas and negative image of disability portrayed by the media, demanded access to public transportation, and battled to reframe disability rights as a social responsibility relevant to us all.  DEFIANT LIVES is an excellent tool to encourage discussions about diversity and disability for students and community groups.

"DEFIANT LIVES tells the powerful story of disability activists fighting against entrenched attitudes towards disability and highlights the ongoing struggle for recognition of rights that able-bodied people often take for granted." - Right Now
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SHADOW GIRL is the extraordinary story of a filmmaker struggling with the prospect of losing her vision. While editing her last film in Toronto, Chilean-born filmmaker María Teresa Larraín suddenly begins to go blind. After she's denied disability benefits by the Canadian government, she returns home to Chile. There, inspired by the resilience and wisdom of the blind street vendors she meets, María Teresa confronts her fears and steps courageously into her new life while reclaiming her dignity and her voice as an artist. This powerful and poetic film raises complex questions about art and "vision," able and dis-abled, and poverty and privilege.

 "Extraordinary. Beyond its stylistic triumphs, SHADOW GIRL is a powerful look at how one woman learns to cope with disability." - Toronto Film Scene
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of the select titles below for 50% off

 Sexual Expression for the  Disabled through Sex Work

Portraits of Women with Disabilities

Challenging Beauty Standards in Photography

Ordering Information
To purchase any of these select films for 50% off, use promo code IDPD18 at checkout, email orders@wmm.com or call 212.925.0606. This offer expires 12/31/18 and cannot be combined with any other offer.
About WMM:
From cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today's headlines to smart, stunning films that push artistic and intellectual boundaries in all genres, Women Make Movies (WMM), a non-profit feminist social enterprise based in New York, is the world's leading distributor of independent films by and about women. Our Production Assistance Program assists women directors with their productions from concept through completion with fiscal sponsorship, consultations and other technical assistance. We work with creative, ground-breaking films which win awards at festivals around the world. Films and filmmakers we have supported have been nominated for or won Academy® Awards in 12 of the past 13 years.

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