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Our new report shows the continued systemic use of restraint and seclusion in BC schools. Read more.

From December 1-3, we're celebrating the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Film festivals will be held in 5 locations across BC. Stay tuned for details!

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

2017 IDPWD Films

More about our 3rd annual Film Festival

Disability Pride 2017

Inclusion BC Foundation, 2017 (7 minutes)

Sherwin Glen Dan Strong is a musician and self-advocate living in Comox BC. Adopted by a family on Friday the 13th, he has had a transformational journey through 39 surgeries, learning about his past and finding his own wisdom. Sherwin shares his perspectives and experiences of Disability Pride 2017, inviting us all to be part of a movement whose time has come.

All About Kids

1964 (9 Minutes)

This vintage short doc from the sixties brings together three quaint vignettes about Canadian childhood. In Quebec Aquarium, school children see marine life at close range, while Children's Play Therapy focuses on the importance of games and handicrafts for young patients recovering at Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital. Finally, Soccer School takes us to British Columbia, where British coach Trevor Churchill is helping to spark interest in the increasingly popular sport.

My Friends Call Me Tony

Beverly Shaffer, 1975 (12 minutes)

Meet Tony Rossi, a 10-year-old boy who can only distinguish light from shadow. Despite this difficulty, he leads a very active life. The short documentary shows the ingenious ways in which Tony manages his life. This film is part of the Children of Canada series.

Two Sisters

Caroline Leaf, 1991 (10 minutes)

Awards: Best Film - Fiction, Short Film 1991

This animated short, etched directly onto tinted 70 mm film, depicts the story of two sisters: Viola, who writes novels in a dark room, and Marie, her only companion. Disfigured, Viola counts on her sister to take care of her and shelter her from the outside world. But when an unexpected stranger turns up on their front door, the sisters' quiet lives are disrupted and their routine turns to chaos.

Le Tournoi

Francine Desbiens, 1995 (6 minutes - French)

When confronted with a boy her age at a chess tournament, a deaf girl remains immune to her opponent's bluster. Inspired by Article 23 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, this film illustrates the rights of children with disabilities to a full life of inclusion.

John and Michael

Shira Avni, 2004 (10 minutes)

This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Narrator Brian Davis brings the characters to life with great sensitivity.

Petra's Poem

Shira Avni, 2012 (4 minutes)

In this short film, Toronto artist Petra Tolley, who has Down syndrome, performs a soliloquy that encapsulates her distinctive take on the social self. Drawing from her emotional experiences, she illustrates what it feels like to be “in the middle.” Employing rotoscopy, hand-drawn animation techniques and subtle stereoscopic 3D, the film captures Petra as she engages the camera with unflinching directness and dignity.