- When: March 3, 2017
- Summary: Presented with ReelAbilities Film Festival, March 2–8, a showcase of award-winning films by and about people with disabilities.
REEL ABILITIES: NY DISABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL
FRIDAY / MARCH 3
Presented with ReelAbilities Film Festival, March 2–8, a showcase of award-winning films by and about people with disabilities.
CENTER FOR MEDIA, CULTURE AND HISTORY-SPONSORED FILMS AND DIALOGUES:
Bellevue Hospital Center, Saul Farber Auditorium 462 First Avenue at 27th Street
NISE: The Heart of Madness
2016 |108 min | Director Roberto Berliner
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.
NYU Journalism, 20 Cooper Square, 7th floor Commons
2016 | 100 mins | Director Lara Stolman
What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one boy with autism take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Demonstrating the power of inclusion to transcend disability, this triumphant film profiles this team, the Jersey Hammerheads. Through training and competition, star athletes Mikey, Robbie, Kelvin, and others gain self-confidence and social skills that serve them both in and out of the pool. Post-screening discussion with the documentary’s protagonists.
Co-sponsors: NYU’s Council for the Study of Disability, Child Study Center, and Journalism
Events are free and open to the public but seating is limited. Persons needing assistance are requested to contact the Center in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org / (212) 998-3759