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Jesse

Adam Goldhammer

Runtime14 minutes

Poster

After her parents are killed, 22-year-old Kelly is the sole caregiver for her older brother Jesse who has autism.

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autism, family, siblings

Jon Imber's Left Hand

Richard Kane

Runtime63 min

Poster

Jon Imber's Left Handtraces this artist's life and adaptations due to ALS, switching from painting with his right hand to his left, then to both as the degenerative condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determined: and he creates more than 100 portraits in three month. The film first encounters Imber in his studio with his partner analyzing his self-portrait and talking about the terror to come. The painting becomes an unsettling metaphor of his psychological journey, living into his dying through his art.

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artist, ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, acceptance, understanding, identity, love, romance

Just As I Remember

Andrew Moir

Runtime17 min

Poster

When Andrew Moir was four years old his father was told he had two years left to live.
His father had ALS, a fatal and incurable illness. Years later and now a filmmaker,
Andrew meets Brad. He has ALS and three young children, just like Andrew's dad when
he was diagnosed. Narrated from the first person, JUST AS I REMEMBER confronts the
heartbreaking decisions faced by two fathers living with ALS, exploring it from their
children's perspectives.

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ALS, Lou Gehrigs Disease, True Story, understanding

Keep Rollin'

Stefan Hillebrand, Oliver Paulus

Runtime95 min

Poster

After incurring a spinal cord injury after a snowboarding accident, Valentin is forced by his father to participate in a theatre project for people with disabilities. In his resistance to the idea, Valentin has only one ray of hope _ Mira, a beautiful caretaker. But there's a problem: she's going steady with a local slime-ball named Marc. Out of frustration about himself and the world, Valentin decides to rob the gas station where Marc works. His housemates, Lukas and Titus, are all for it and offer their help. It is the beginning of a man-to-man friendship and an adventurous plan that may or may not be successful.

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acceptance, identity, coming-of-age, adventure, romance, inclusion, physical disability, developmental disabilities

Keep The Change

Rachel Israel

Runtime16 min

Poster

A coming-of-age love story about
a wealthy young man with social disorders who meets a woman at a group for
people with intellectual disabilities.

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coming-of-age, developmental disabilities, acceptance, understanding

Kiss, The

Charlie Swinbourne

Runtime7 min

Poster

When a couple on a first date strikes up a conversation with the couple on the next table, they find themselves witnessing a very unusual kiss....

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romance, acceptance, inclusion,

Last American Freak Show, The

Richard Butchins

Runtime80 min

Poster

Political correctness be damned! A motley crew of performers with disabilities,
turn the American Freak Show on its head, as they travel the country exposing
bigotry, bucking expectations, and challenging preconceptions at every step.

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acceptance, inclusion, community impact, travel, comedy, satire,

Little World

Marcel Barrena

Runtime83 min

Poster

Albert loves life, and he won't let anything get in his way, least of all his wheelchair. He's
only 19, but he's already traveled to dozens of countries. He's made a sport of leaving
with only 20 euros in his pocket and putting his faith in the innate goodness of people he
meets along the way. And he has plenty of other tricks up his sleeve to get into places
free of charge if he needs to. This time, his destination is as far away as possible from
his home in Barcelona: a lighthouse in New Zealand. For the first time, he will not be
alone, because his girlfriend Anna will be joining him. It's impossible to hitchhike with a
camera team in your wake, so they decide to film their adventures themselves. They
experience plenty of amazing stuff, but sometimes things get tough, especially for Anna,
who can't always keep up with Albert. They have agreed that the filmmakers will join
them in New Zealand for the last part of their trip. Through interviews with his
grandmother, stepmother and father, we discover that this irrepressibly optimistic young
man had a pretty tough time as a boy. He and his father have dealt with his problem in a
remarkable way. With animations in the background, Anna's parents and various
members of Albert's family explain why they let them go on this journey.

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travel, adventure, wheelchair, physical disability, romance, comedy, drama, inspirational, family, accessibility

Login 2 Life

Daniel Moshel

Runtime86 min

Poster

Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars. Centered around people who have found communities online, Login 2 Life profiles people deeply immersed in virtual worlds, including individuals who are homebound because of their disabilities, and attempts to understand what these individuals get from their virtual lives.

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friendship, romance, sexuality, employment, understanding, acceptance

Lost and Sound

Lindsey Dryden

Runtime76 min

Poster

1 in 7 of us will experience some kind of deafness in our lifetime. So what would happen
to the music you love, if your hearing was lost? Made by a partially deaf filmmaker after
the future of her own hearing was called into doubt, Lost and Sound is a moving and
fascinating documentary that follows music critic Nick Coleman, dancer Emily Thornton
and pianist Holly Loach over 2 years, as they journey deep into sound and silence to rediscover music after deafness. The film weaves its way through a startling world of
altered sound. It combines intimate filming with original animation, a rich musical
soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually sounds like), and new
insights from the world's top neuroscientists, to tell the story of the great human love
affair with music.
Featuring: New York Times bestseller Dr David Eagleman, composer Professor Nigel
Osborne, Dr Katie Overy, Professor David Huron, Dr Robert Zatorre and science writer
Philip Ball.

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music, dance, deaf/hearing impaired

Mabul (The Flood)

Guy Nattiv

Runtime100 min

Poster

A coming-of-age drama about a family that struggles to keep up appearances while hiding
their sins from one another. When the eldest son, who has autism, returns from an institution,
the pressure builds and secrets begin to emerge.

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coming-of-age, family, autism, acceptance,

Macropolis

Joel Simon

Runtime7 minutes

Poster

Two toys made at a factory are thrown out, and together attempt to be put on a store shelf.

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animated, kids

Magic Hour, The

Margarita, with A Straw

Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar

Runtime97 minutes

Poster

A funky, stereotype-busting coming-of-age tale based on the true story of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy. Laila, an aspiring writer and secret rebel in a wheelchair, is accepted to New York University and leaves India for Manhattan. After a chance encounter with a fiery female activist, Laila starts to grow emotionally and explore this new world and its liberal sexualities. Tackling subject matter rarely explored with lightheartedness, this TIFF award-winning drama is a beautiful, bold, and brave portrait of love, identity, and sexuality. Margarita, with a Straw is joyous cinema bound to win your heart.

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Cerebral Palsy, drama, romance, sexuality, coming-of-age

Marie's Story

Jean-Pierre Am_ris

Runtime95 min

Poster

Based on real-life events that took place in the late nineteenth century, Marie's Story follows the story of a deaf and blind fourteen-year-old girl who can't communicate with the outside world. Despite the advice of a doctor who believes she is 'dumb,' Marie's father, a humble artisan, cannot bring himself to commit her to an asylum. Out of despair, he takes her to the Larnay Institute near Poitiers where nuns take care of young deaf women. Her Mother Superior's skepticism notwithstanding, Sister Marguerite, a young nun, takes Marie under her wing and does everything she can to bring her to open up to her surroundings.

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deaf/hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired, young, identity, coming-of-age, inclusion, accessibility

Marina's Ocean

Cássio Pereira dos Santos

Runtime16 minutes

Poster

A teen with Down Syndrome visits the sea for the first time.

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teens, family, siblings, Down sydrome

Mary & Max

Adam Elliot

Runtime80 min

Poster

MARY & MAX is a claymated feature film from the creators of the Academy
Award winning short animation HARVIE KRUMPET. A tale of pen-friendship
between two very different people; Mary Dinkle, a chubby lonely eight year old
girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz, a 44 year old, obese,
Jewish man with Aspergers Syndrome living in the chaos of New York. Spanning
20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max's friendship survives much more than
the average diet of life's ups and downs. Like Harvie Krumpet, MARY & MAX is
innocent but not na?ve, as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship,
autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity,
kleptomania, sexual difference, trust, copulating dogs, religious difference,
agoraphobia and much, much more.

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autism, animation, friendship, love, understanding,

Me Too

Antonio Naharro, ?lvaro Pastor

Runtime103 min

Poster

Daniel, a recent college graduate with Down Syndrome forges a strong bond with
vivacious workmate Laura, but their burgeoning relationship turns complicated
when he professes his love to her. This gripping narrative questions modern
relationships and conceptions of 'normality' as the couple grapples with their
need to connect.

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down syndrome, spanish, friendship, romance, understanding, coming-of-age

Midfield

Pedro Amorim

Runtime6 min

Poster

An ordinary workday in the life of a stevedore, who executes his job with surprising grace and simplicity ? but when Sunday comes, an altogether different man emerges.

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sports, employment, inclusion, accessibility, physical disability

Mimi & Dona

Sophie Sartain

Runtime66 min

Poster

What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared for Dona, her daughter who has an intellectual disability, for 64 years, it means facing the inevitable: she will not outlive her daughter and must find her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a wonderfully quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities _ some 4.6 million Americans, 75% of whom live at home with family _ and details the ripple effects of Dona's disability on three generations of a Texas family.

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family, love, acceptance, understanding, developmental disabilities

Mobile Stripper, The

Shirlyn Wong

Runtime14 minutes

Poster

What begins as a ride to the gas station by a man with Cerebral Palsy develops into an unforeseen adventure.

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Cerebral Palsy

Motherly(Maadaraaneh)

Navid Nikkhah Azad

Runtime13 min

Poster

Shokooh, a middle-age blind mother is seeking her disabled young son, amir, whom
moves around on a wheelchair, in a park. Two boys have seen him moving around by a
girl. She sits by a woman who is having her first day out after nursing her baby for a
whole year. She sees Amir beside a girl(taraneh) on a bench. Shokooh asks her to go to
them and see if the girl is beautiful. The woman goes to Amir and sees the girl he is
seeing is blind as well.

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family, romance, acceptance, understanding, blind/visually impaired

Mourning (Soog)

Morteza Farshbaf

Runtime85 min

Poster

A cinematic road trip follows a deaf couple and their young nephew on their way to Tehran.
Before they get there, the couple must break the bad news to the boy that his parents were
killed in an accident, but the journey proves to be more complex than they even expected.

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Y

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travel, deaf/hearing impaired, family, understanding

Musical Chairs

Susan Seidelman

Runtime100 min

Poster

A romantic tale about two New Yorkers, Armando from the Bronx and Mia from the East Side,
and their love of ballroom dancing. Mia is a vivacious professional dancer but a tragic
accident forever changes her life. True to his heart, Armando dedicates himself, along with a
group of colorful misfits, to help Mia deal with her challenges and dance once more

Audio Description

Y

Open Captions

Y

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dance, wheelchairs, accessibility,love, inclusion, physical disability

My Spectacular Theater

Lu Yang

Runtime120 min

Poster

Chen Yu, a hawker of pirated DVDs, finds refuge and then employment in a
Beijing movie theater for the blind. As his relationship to the blind community
deepens, he finds love, acceptance, and heartbreak in this beautifully-shot ode to
the power of cinema. (English Dubs Available)

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Y

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blind/visually impaired, love, acceptance, romance, friendship