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Disability Films

As a disabled journalist and new filmmaker, I find it incredibly important to support the community by recommending other films with disability-related subjects. Here are a couple of important films.

Who Am I To Stop It

by CHERYL GREEN & CYNTHIA J. LOPEZ

“A documentary film on isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury.”

“Who Am I To Stop It” portrays three people living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). It’s available as feature-length film or as three short films and offers audio description and captions to be as inclusive as possible.

Trailer

Find out more on the film’s official website.

Read my review of this film here.

Unrest

by JENNIFER BREA

“Unrest” highlights the challenges of a neglected community: People living with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) – a condition many doctors belittled or didn’t know much about.

Trailer

Learn more on Unrest’s official website.

Trust me, I am sick

by SARAH STEWART

“Trust me, I am sick” is a series of short films featuring several people living with chronic conditions, for example, EDS, Lupus and HIV.

Trailer

Read more on the film’s website.

My Dad Matthew

by JOHN SCHAFFER

“My Dad Matthew” is a short film about acceptance and inclusion.

Trailer

Full Film

Film’s Website

My Beautiful Broken Brain

by SOPHIA ROBINSON & LOTJE SODDERLAND

“My Beautiful Broken Brain” is a film following a stroke survivor through her challenging way back into life.

Trailer

Netflix site

Seven Songs for a Long Life

by AMY HARDIE

‘Seven Songs for a Long Life’ follows several individuals at a hospice in Scotland. It’s a touching portray of all our relationships with death and shows how people at hospice live life to the fullest and sing.

Film’s Site

Amazon

Pain Warriors

by TINA PETROVA

‘Pain Warriors’ depicts the other side of the opioid crisis: the consequences for chronic pain sufferers stripped of all medication that would provide a slight relief. Very touching, the film shows how chronic pain influences the lives of several Americans with different chronic health conditions.

Film’s Site

Trailer