Join us for films by and about people with disabilities.
ReelFilm is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. These films put the spotlight on disabled individuals as protagonists, role models, artists and producers, in-front of, and behind the camera. Experience this celebration of cinema, diversity and accessibility.
Paolo, a 19-year-old with Down syndrome, meets Armando, a tough but kindhearted boxing trainer at the local gym. Constantly underestimated by the world around him, Paolo decides to train with Armando, much to the dismay of his protective father. Paolo steps into the ring against all odds, hoping to find his confidence and a sense of belonging.
Disabilities Represented: Down Syndrome
Jasmine, a 16-year-old with albinism, is determined to become a professional model in her hometown of Minneapolis. As she confronts societal norms and beauty standards, she explores what independence, and more importantly, self-acceptance, looks like.
Disability Represented: Albinism
In the Emmy Award winning documentary short, Samuel Habib, 21, wants to date, leave home, go to college. But he drives a 350-pound wheelchair, uses a communication device, and can have a seizure at any moment. Determined to find his path forward, he seeks out guidance from America’s most rebellious disability activists. Will they empower him to launch the bold adult life he craves?
Disabilities Represented: Cerebral Palsy
As Will struggles to cope with the tragic loss of his father, he and his mother resolve to build a new life by relocating to Houston, Texas. At his new school, Will’s social and learning difficulties lead to a false diagnosis of his condition. Inspired by real events, this film observes one of the loneliest disorders that children recovering from life-altering traumas face.
Disabilities Represented: ADHD, PTSD
White House power couple Brian Wallach and Sandra Abrevaya found their world upended by Brian’s diagnosis of ALS at 37, on the same day they brought their second daughter home from the hospital. In the face of a brutal disease that threatens to take everything from them, Brian and Sandra embark on a journey to reclaim their future and make a difference for millions seeking a voice in a broken healthcare system.
Disabilities Represented: ALS
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