Superfest International Disability Film Festival at the Library


Since its debut in 1970, the Superfest International Disability Film Festival has become an eagerly anticipated event. The festival celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed, and engaging lens. Join us for the Superfest Showcase, a selection of short films that have been featured by the Superfest Disability Film Festival, followed by a facilitated discussion.

San Mateo County Libraries will be hosting two Showcases.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (6:30PM – 8:00PM) the Half Moon Bay Library will be showing the following films.

Bastion

Just before closing time, a completely bald man walks into a barber shop. Reflections in the window and an irritating fringe have told him that it’s time for a haircut.

Like If

An unlikely heroine must deal with a particular epidemic; will she alone be able to save the world?

The Right to be Rescued

The Right to Be Rescued is a short documentary about the impact of natural disasters on people with disabilities. This documentary tells the story of those disabled people left behind in Hurricane Katrina and what New Orleans and other cities are doing to make sure it never happens again.

Everything is Incredible

EVERYTHING IS INCREDIBLE tells the story of Agustin, a Honduran man born into poverty and living with the debilitating effects of polio in the small mountain town of Siquatepeque, Honduras. Since 1958, he has been building a helicopter from miscellaneous materials, including bicycle parts, rebar, and wood. Agustin's project is admired by some members of his community and scoffed at by others. His story reveals his imagination, creativity, and perseverance.

Once Again

Using a mixture of home video footage and original animation, Spottswood Moore vividly portrays what it is like to grow up with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 (1:00PM – 2:30PM) the Millbrae Library will be showing the following films.

Chief

This reverent ode to the service dog tells the story of German immigrant Sonja Ohldag, who is diagnosed with a seizure disorder after moving to the U.S. in 1999. Unable to afford a service animal from an organization, Sonja trains her dog herself and takes a chance on Chief, who is not your average service dog.

On Beat

This documentary short follows the lives of a deaf couple with hearing children and the unexpected outlet that brings their family closer together.

The Barber of Augusta

Toronto native Matthew Genser goes to great lengths to find his unexpected superpower: cutting hair. Like all superheroes, he has a dark side; but in his costume, he’s invincible. Put on your cape and get lined up!

Rhizophora

Forty years after the Vietnam War, the toxic remnants of Agent Orange have not faded. In this dreamlike meditation on the impact of war and the resilience of humanity, "Rhizophora" follows 11 disabled Vietnamese youth on a whimsical, poignant and whirling journey through a day in their lives.

Awake

Anna, a woman living with Multiple Sclerosis is visited by Doreen, a door-to-door proselytizer who makes herself at home and stays the day, slowly defrosting her non-welcome. Together they walk in the park, bake a chocolate cake, and watch an Ingmar Bergman film.

ASL interpretation will be available at both screenings. Please call the library and let us know of any additional access requests.

It is not necessary to RSVP to attend. All are welcome!

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