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Watch our 60th Anniversary video that honours and remembers the civil rights history of people with developmental disabilities in BC. Read more about our history here.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Film Festival

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
New Westminster

The Inclusion BC Foundation and the BC Self Advocacy Foundation are hosting a disability film festival to celebrate the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a global day of action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.

The international theme for 2015 is: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities. Learn more about the UN International day here.

Join us at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster to watch some of the world's leading edge films created by and about people with developmental disabilities and Autism. 

  • COST: $5.00 (FREE for members of Inclusion BC and the BC Self Advocacy Foundation. Memberships are also sold at the door.)
  • This event is open to the public.
  • Tickets sold at the door. 

Proudly showing:

CAN I CALL YOU?
Directed By Benjamin Rosloff
3 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2014 / USA

Ben is a young man looking for the perfect relationship but wonders if the fact that he has autism changes the way girls relate to him. This film was directed and produced by Benjamin Rosloff, the subject of the film.


3:15 to Brunswick 

This whimsical short film captures a romantic moment of connection between two people waiting for a train that never arrives.

 

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I Love Grilled Cheese
Directed by Scott Anderson
4 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2013 / CANADA

Libby provides some insight about the joys of living with her best friend, and big brother, Max, who has Down syndrome.

This video was created as part of the 2013 National Down Syndrome Awareness Week (NDSAW).


ONE QUESTION
Directed by Anthony Di Salvo
7.5 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2012 / USA

35 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities answer the same one question: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?

The production crew for this film included eight people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The film was shot over 5 days as part of Sprout’s Make-A-Movie Program.


HOLD ME DOWN – POETIC SHORT
Directed by Anthony Di Salvo
1.5 MIN / NARRATIVE / 2011 / USA

Poetry by Cam Lasley & Jack Gibson, performed by Marlon Foster. This is one in series of 13 short videos featuring poetry written by poets with developmental disabilities. Each poem is recited and performed by young adults with developmental disabilities.


THE INTERVIEWER
Directed by Genevieve Clay
13 MIN / NARRATIVE / 2012 / AUSTRALIA

Thomas Howell gets more than he bargained for in his interview at a prestigious law firm; an insult about his tie, a rendition of Harry Potter and the chance to change the lives of a father and son.


NO GOODBYES
Directed by Rohan Brooks
3 MIN / MUSIC VIDEO / 2013 / AUSTRALIA

‘No Goodbyes’ is a music video from one of Australia’s most unique rock acts. The catchy-as-all-get-up verses and power-hitting choruses, makes this little tune larger than life and will see Rudely Interrupted make their mark on the worlds musical landscape. Lead singer, Rory Burnside: “…My quest for love would lead to me waking up one morning with a set of lyrics in my head. Within 10 minutes, these lyrics became vital to my quest and immediately developed into a melody and song idea, which I later titled” “No Goodbyes.” “When I finally meet someone, someday soon I hope, it will all come to the fore! And I will sing her this song.“


AGAINST THESE WALLS
Directed by Cam Lasley
3 MIN / MUSIC VIDEO / 2013 / USA

The title track from hip hop artist Cam Lasley’s latest album, ‘Against These Walls’.

Doctors and physical therapists weren’t sure what to tell Marcy and Tom Lasley when their second child came into the world 27 years ago. Cameron Lasley was born in 1982 with Down syndrome, and in those first days, pediatricians didn’t know whether he would walk or talk or do anything other kids do. These days, Cam Lasley does more than walk and talk. He is a talented rapper who has released a number of albums and continues to create music that speaks of his personal journey.


HANNAH
Directed by Sergio Cruz
5.5 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2010 / UK

Hannah explores the playful ambition of Hannah Dempsey, a young dancer and athlete with a disability. The film is a celebration of motion, energy and elegance of human movement, evoking the power of adrenaline in the young Hannah. It makes the connection between art and sport with emphasis on the athlete-dancer relationship. It is also an exploration of ways to challenge and subvert representations of physical and mental disability. Hannah’s personal achievements reveal that disability is no barrier to creativity. Her life challenges society’s preconceptions and prejudices.


A LIFE WITH ASPERGER’S
DIRECTED BY JAMIE EKKENS
4 MIN / ANIMATION-DOC / 2013 / USA

Explore the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s is not simply “being a little awkward,” rather it is about adapting to one’s limitations.


CHECK OUT
Directed by Bobby Marinelli
10 MIN / NARRATIVE / 2013 / USA

Check Out is a short comedy about Kelly and Allison, two twenty something grocery store employees who find out that the best friendships blossom when they are most needed. Both girls have found themselves in a rut; Kelly has Down Syndrome and is struggling with ambitions that sometimes reach further than her limitations allow while Allison’s complacency is stifling the happiness she really deserves.

In our story Kelly requests some time to talk to Allison, her manager about a promotion. During their meeting Allison fails to give Kelly the respect she deserves. Kelly’s disappointment with the situation leaves Allison startled but turns out to be the answer to her own problem.


BUMBLEBEES
DIRECTED BY JENNA KANELL
4 MIN / NARRATIVE / 2015 / USA

Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.
The film stars Jenna’s younger brother, 19 year old Vance Kanell, who as a child was diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy, as he ventures out on his first date.


The Anvil Centre is located across from the New Westminster Skytrain Station at the corner of Columbia and 8th Street