The sixth annual ReelAbilities - Boston Disabilities Film Festival takes place March 29 - April 6, 2017. Films include:
Life, Animated - This Oscar-nominated documentary introduces us to Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who, as a child, was unable to speak until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate—immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. A coming-of-age story, the film follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – 6:30 pm - Museum of Science Boston, Cahners Theatre.
The Rebound follows the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team in their quest for a national championship. Despite the team's dwindling financial resources, these motivated athletes, each with their own emotional and physical challenges, rally toward the title while striving to accomplish their own life goals off the court. Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 6:30 pm - Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital, Canton MA.
Asperger's Are Us is "the first comedy troupe consisting of openly autistic people." In this documentary, produced by Jay and Mark Duplass, four friends from the North Shore of Boston prepare for their final, ambitious comedy show before going their separate ways. The film details each member's experience through their last journey together. Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 7 pm - Emerson College, Bright Family Screening Room, Boston MA.
True Smile - An astonishing journey as seen through the eyes of 26-year-old Sergio Aznárez Rosado, who was born both blind and with autism, yet lives a life packed with adventure. Over the course of 30 days, Sergio embarks on a 1,300-kilometer tandem bike ride with his brother, Juan Manuel, who pilots the bicycle. Together, they traverse desert and high mountains, starting in Cuenca in central Spain and finishing in one of the most remote villages in Morocco's Atlas Mountains. Sunday, April 2, 2017 – 12 pm - Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Alfond Auditorium.
That Which Is Possible - This film follows a community of painters, sculptors, musicians, and writers who create art at the Living Museum, an art space on the grounds of a large state-run psychiatric facility in Queens, NY. Shot over the course of two years and structured across the arc of a day, the film observes with an intimate lens and unspools like a musical, both bracing and tender. It explores the liberation and healing that creativity can offer those drawn together by shared struggle, creating a more humane and holistic approach to mental illness, and to the joy of transforming society itself. Sunday, April 2, 2017 – 2:30 pm - Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Alfond Auditorium.
My Hero Brother - A group of young Israelis with Down syndrome and their siblings embark on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas, where the conflicts and the complexities of the their relationships come to the surface. Set against the richly colorful backdrop of India, new bonds are forged, and familial ties become deep friendships. Monday, April 3, 2017 – 6:30 pm - Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton MA.
Notes on Blindness - In 1983, after many decades of deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he documented his experiences on audio cassette. Expanding upon the Emmy Award- winning short film of the same name, actors lip-sync to the voices of the family. The result is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth, and transformation. Monday, April 3, 2017 – 7 pm - Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA.
Rachel Is mysterious, funny, difficult, and ready to move out of her mother's house. Her mother, Jane, is just as ready, but Rachel has a developmental disability, and Jane is desperately seeking a solution as Rachel prepares to graduate high school. The relationship between mother and daughter is full of frustrations, as each wants independence from the other. Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 6:30 pm - Cambridge Public Library.
Gabe Weil is a 27-year-old who was born with the most severe form of muscular dystrophy, but that does not stop him from earning a college degree, going on road trips with friends, or indulging his passion for great food. For his entire life, Gabe has been told he would be lucky to live past 25. The news that he was misdiagnosed, and might live well into his 50s, presents a surprising obstacle: Gabe does not have any long-term goals, and is forced to rethink his life from scratch. Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 7 pm - Cotting School, Lexington MA.
Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing - Using never-before-seen footage, this gripping documentary focuses on the emotional and physical recovery of the individuals whose lives were forever changed by the Boston Marathon bombing. A newlywed couple, a mother and daughter, and two brothers strive to reclaim their lives and communities. Thursday, April 6, 2017 – 7 pm - Somerville Theatre.Tweet