Break out the popcorn. Disability cinemas are coming to the Bay Area.
First off, on Saturday, October 12, Superfest International, the longest running disabilities film festival, promises a fun evening filled with laughter and entertainment. New this year is an award called “The Dissies”, given to the worst of the worst in film representation of disability. After viewing short clips of nominated films, audience members will cast their votes for their top choice in categories such as
- worst disabled villain
- most amazing miracle
- crips gone wild
- and more
Then beginning on Friday, October 18, a provocative documentary called Fixed: the Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement will debut in the Bay Area. The synopsis reads like this:
A haunting, subtle, urgent documentary, FIXED questions commonly held beliefs about disability and normalcy by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and mind forever. Told primarily through the perspectives of five people with disabilities: a scientist, journalist, disability justice educator, bionics engineer and exoskeleton test pilot, FIXED takes a close look at the implications of emerging human enhancement technologies for the future of humanity.
There are only three screenings of Fixed scheduled for the Bay Area:
- Friday, October 18, Aquarius Theatre, Palo Alto, 4:00 pm
- Friday, November 1, Future Past Conference, San Francisco State University, 6:30 pm
- Thursday, December 5, Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, 7:00 pm