Anita

Marcos Carnevale / Narrative / Argentina / Spanish w/English Subtitles / 104 min / Official Website

Anita, a young woman with Down syndrome, gets separated from her mother after a bomb explodes at their Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. As she wanders the city searching for her mom–alone for the first time ever–she discovers an inner strength few could have expected.

Come As You Are

Geoffrey Enthoven / Belgium / Dutch, French, Spanish / 115 min

A quirky road movie about three young men with disabilities on a quest to lose their virginity. These buddies enjoy the finer things in life, including wine and song; the only thing missing is the touch of a women. Isolated by their disabilities and cared for by their parents at home, they convince their families they need to go to Spain on a “wine tour” but this is a cover for their true destination—a Spanish brothel that caters to men with disabilities.

Getting Up

Casky Ebeling / USA, 2012 / English / 73 min

After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed, graffiti artist TemptOne regains his creative voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art once again.

Audience Award, Slamdance Film Festival 2012

Imagine

Andrzej Jakimowski / France/Portugal/Poland / English / 105 min

Ian, a specialist in spatial orientation, arrives to work at a school for the blind in Lisbon. Blind himself, he teaches his students to move around without using their canes, encouraging them to risk the unknown through the use of a complex network of sound cues. Among them is the beautiful Eva, who he attempts to bring out of her shyness and seclusion, leading toward a quiet romance.

Reel Encounters Boston 2014 - Closing Night

Various / 66 min

FLYING ANNE
Dir. Catherine van Campen
Netherlands, 2010, 21 min, Documentary
Eleven-year-old Anne is the kind of beautiful girl you can’t take your eyes off. The longer you look, the more you see her ‘tics’ from her Tourette’s syndrome - she suddenly spins or licks something. Anne is afraid of being teased at school and tries to keep her tics in check though she prefers ‘flying’ through life, so no one notices her tics.

SENSORY OVERLOAD
Dir. Miguel Jiron
USA, 2012, 3 min, Narrative
This animation gives the viewer a glimpse into the sensory overload experienced by people with autism and shows how often sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life.

AUTISM IN LOVE
Dir. Michelle Friedline
USA, 2012, 9 min, Documentary
RV Kuser is a clever and dapper man of 50 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has learned to suppress certain behaviors so he can fully embrace life. He and his wife, Marlene, share secrets about their bond and RV reveals the true meaning of unconditional love.

DANCING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Dir. David Block
USA, 2012, 15 min, Documentary
Wheelchair users and able-bodied partners bring their two worlds together on the dance floor - proving that everyone can dance.

ALL DAY
Nadia Nadarajah / UK, 2010 / English / 11 min
Two single neighbors are looking for love. Each neighbor admits to their friends that they fancy the other, but neither knows that the other is also Deaf.

SOUND SHADOWS
Julie Engaas / Norway / Norwegian / 7 min
“Many people think that I live in darkness, but before my eyes there is nothing; just air.” In Sound Shadows you enter a world where sound gives shape to space.

Reel Encounters at the Springfield JCC

Various / 58 min

AMONG THE GIANTS
Cory Tomascoff / USA / English / 23 min
Among the Giants tells the story of the Adaptive Design Association, a nonprofit organization located in New York City and builds customized equipment for kids and adults with disabilities, mainly using cardboard. The film portrays the organization’s mission through the compelling stories of two fascinating individuals. Among The Giants causes viewers to question what it means to solve problems, be creative and impact the community all while working with cheap and easily accessible materials.

AUTISM IN LOVE
Michelle Friedline / USA / 9 min
RV Kuser is a clever and dapper man of 50 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has learned to suppress certain behaviors so he can fully embrace life. He and his wife, Marlene, share secrets about their bond and RV reveals the true meaning of unconditional love.

BE MY BROTHER
Genevieve Clay / Australia / 8 min
A young man with Down Syndrome breaks down the barriers of social prejudice when his charm and charisma challenge the prejudices of a stranger at a bus stop.

THE CONFERENCE
Justin Edgar / UK / 18 min
A comedic short that follows a disastrous disability conference at a drab hotel. As plans for the conference unravel a comedy of politically incorrect manners unfolds.

Son of the Stars

Michelle Chen Miao / China / 90 min

Zheng Zheng, a young mother in search of her husband, travels the great distance from northern China to Dong Guan, “the land of tens of thousands of factories.”  With her special-needs child Xin Xin in tow, she finds herself alone in the enormous city, with nothing but her wits and inner strength to guide her. When she fails to find her husband, she is forced to take a factory job and hands her son over to the care of a community-home. Zheng Zheng is promoted, moves into an apartment, and finds a new love but the relationship is not without strings attached and caring for an autistic son proves increasingly challenging.

Wampler’s Ascent

Jacques Spitzer / USA / English / 77 min

Steve Wampler, needs to do 20,000 pull-ups to climb the famous El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite – only 2-6 inches at a time, due to his cerebral palsy. His wife and two children cheer him on from below, along with fans who have come to support his important mission. In 2002, Steve founded a camp for kids with disabilities, and his climb will be a testament to the idea that kids with disabilities can do anything which they set their minds.

Wretches & Jabberers

Gerardine Wurzburg / Documentary / USA / English / 90 min / Official Website

Two men with autism–an accomplished artist and an activist–embark on a global quest to change attitudes about autism and intelligence. Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, dissecting, challenging, and reshaping public conceptions along the way.

 

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