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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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Y

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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.

Audio Description

Y

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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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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

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Y

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

My Feral Heart

Dir. Jane Gull

Runtime83 min

A sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down syndrome, into a group home—a daunting new environment where he finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise caretaker and a local heir dealing with his own demons. As friendships bloom, Luke’s frustration and disappointment with his new home soon turns to wonder when he discovers a way out and begins to explore the surrounding countryside. But as long-buried secrets are revealed, Luke treads dangerously close to disaster. My Feral Heart is a beautifully realized narrative, bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography,and a deeply evocative score.

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My Hero Brother

Dir. Yonatan Nir

Runtime78 min

A group of young adults with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas accompanied by their typically abled brothers and sisters. Unresolved conflicts and the complexities of growing up with a differently abled siblings come to the surface, while a heartwarming and special closeness develops among the group’s members as they deal with formidable physical and emotional challenges. The difficult trials and poignant relationships set against the richly colorful backdrop of India open new horizons and deepen our understanding of adults with disabilities and their families.

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

Nise: The Heart of Madness

Dir. Roberto Berliner

Runtime108 min

After leaving prison, Dr. Nise da Silveira returns to work in a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where she refuses to employ the new and violent electroshock therapy used to treat individuals with schizophrenia. Ridiculed by doctors, she takes up work in the abandoned Sector for Occupational Therapy, where she initiates a revolution, using art therapy, pets, and love to treat her patients. Nise is based on the true story of an indomitable woman who confronted Brazil’s mental health establishment.

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No Ordinary Hero-The Superdeafy Movie

Troy Kotsur

Runtime78 min

Poster

Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, No Ordinary Hero (featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin) is the evolution story of a hero in this family drama. While Tony Kane, a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television, looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy, Jacob Lang, to redefine what "being normal" means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself. Jacob is being bullied at school and is constantly misunderstood by his father. When Tony and Jacob's paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves.

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award-winning, deaf/hearing impaired, bullying, acceptance, inclusion, friendhsip, family, drama

Nobody's Perfect

Niko Von Glasow

Runtime84 min

Poster

NOBODY'S PERFECT follows Niko von Glasow as he looks for eleven people
who, like him, were born disabled due to the side-effects of Thalidomide, and
who are prepared to pose for a book of photos. And to pose naked - to allow
those who regularly throw furtive glances at Thalidomiders and other physically
disabled people, to take a good, long look. In the process Niko discovers many
fascinating characters who work in such diverse areas as politics, the media,
sport, astrophysics and acting.
Contains partial nudity.

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artist, community impact, friendship, understanding, physical disability

Ocean Heaven

Xiao Lu Xue

Runtime96 min

Poster

Jet Li, in his first dramatic role, stars in this moving story of a father's tireless love for his
autistic son and his attempt to teach his son the life skills necessary to survive on his own. A
poignant tribute to parents' infinite love for their children.

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Y

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

On Beauty

Joanna Rudnick

Runtime30 min

Poster

Photographer Rick Guidotti left the fashion world along with its restrictive parameters of the industry's standard of beauty and re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows.

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artist, inclusion, acceptance, understanding, inspirational

Outsider- The Life & Art of Judith Scott

Betsy Bayha

Runtime26 min

Poster

In this award-winning film, Judith Scott creates body-like sculptures from found
objects. Judith has Down syndrome, is deaf, and does not speak. These
sculptures are her most complex means of communication. Judith had become a
famous 'outsider artist,' proving the power of artistic expression and the
importance of a loving family.

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artist, deaf/hearing impaired, down syndrome, family, love

Patrick's Day

Terry McMahon

Runtime98 minutes

Poster

Patrick is a warm young man living with schizophrenia. Medication and his mother’s fierce protection means he is no threat to himself or anyone else—until St. Patrick’s Day, when he meets Karen, a suicidal flight attendant. This audacious love story provocatively explores issues ranging from the right to intimacy to the question of when parental love becomes a destructive force.

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mental health, romance, parents, family

Perfect

Karim Ayari

Runtime12 minutes

Poster

Julius meets with his psychologist after what he considered to be a disastrous first date due to his involuntary tics.

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mental health, OCD, Tourette's, dating, sexuality, romance

Picked

Dir. Kelsey Amelia Snelling

Runtime8 min

A girl’s quest for the “perfect” pumpkin sets her apart from her peers.

Praying with Lior

Ilana Trachtman

Runtime87 min

Poster

Lior has Down syndrome, and has spent his entire life praying with utter
abandon. As Lior approaches Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony,
different characters provides a window into life spent "praying with Lior." The
movie poses difficult questions such as what is "disability" and who really talks to
God?

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coming-of-age, spirituality, down syndrome, understanding, acceptance,

Q Film

Alice Elliot

Runtime2 min

Poster

A man enters a pool area, gets out of his wheelchair, and goes for a swim.

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sports