Classic Film and Video
Media portrayals of disability are among the most influential factors in how people with disabilities are viewed, and by extension treated, by society. A number of influential films and video programs stand out among the thousands of (often negative) representations of disabilities. These programs are often considered "must viewing" by disability advocates, scholars, and activists. Documentaries exploring and exposing life in institutions, feature films offering realisitc portrayls of autism, experimental videos offering interpretations of disability culture, are some of the programs that belong in this department of the Quality Mall.
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Managed by: Jerry Smith of RTC, Institute on Community Integration, University of MN
Electronic Media (15 Products)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects (1 Products)
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
Organizations, Programs, and Projects
Best Boy is an Academy Award winning video about Philly, a man with an intellectual disability who lived with his parents. The story documents his parents failing health, and Philly's entry into the adult services support system.
TV movie starring Mickey Rooney as a man with an intellectual disability struggling to live on his own.
Academy Award-winning documentary on the life and work of Mark O'Brien.
Hollywood movie about a man with significant learning disabilities.
|Disability Culture Rap|
Performance-based documentary on disabilty culture.
|Ed Roberts: His Words, His Vision|
Features excerpts from a speech delivered by Ed Roberts. His words are interspersed with contemporary photographs that depict the ongoing struggle of people throughout the world for the rights and independence modeled by this visionary leader.
Documentary of a third-grader with Down Syndrome.
|Handicapism: A Report from the Center on Human Policy|
Viewing the powerful Handicapism presentation will reveal that today – 30 years later – there is much left to accomplish for people with disabilities to live their lives fully included in society.
|Her Name is Sabine|
A documentary film aimed directly at the French government. It tells the story of two sisters - Sandrine, one of France's most successful actresses, and that of her severely autistic sister Sabine.
Hurry Tomorrow is a compelling documentary about the loss of
human rights suffered by psychiatric patients in a state mental institution.
|Life in the Shadows|
A 10-minute film that follows President John F. Kennedy's efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Produced by Guggenheim Productions.
|The Ten Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities|
Through humorous vignettes and instructive scenarios on disability etiquette, this popular video has helped services providers and customer service personnel learn better behaviors. This by-example awareness training has gained many awards.
Documentary of the ways inmates at a mental institution are treated by guards and professionals.
|Try Another Way|
This is an online series of classic video segments in which Marc Gold presents his values-based sytematic training approach for employing people with disabilites.
|Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook|
This film examines the impact of the closure of Willowbrook State School on the residents and their families over the last 25 years. The DVD also includes Geraldo Rivera's original story, "Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace."
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