SAN FRANCISCO—Superfest Film Festival is kicking-off its 30th annual event from October 22-October 23. There will be 11 films focusing on people with disabilities shown between the 2 days from all over the world. Some of the represented countries are Israel, Italy, and Belgium.
Catherine Kudlick, co-director of the festival, professor of history, and director of the Paul K. Longemore Institute on Disability (one of the producers of the festival) stated: “One in five Americans identifies as disabled, so it’s a huge swath of the human experience. It’s the one minority that anybody can join at any time, yet society has been so good at ignoring it.”
The festival is comprised of films focusing on the ‘normal’ every day encounters people with disabilities face. Instead of highlighting films with what Kudlick calls “inspiration porn,” or feel good films about disabilities, the jurors choose to showcase films that portray people with disabilities as being, human. Each accepted film has been through a strict reviewing process by film lovers and academic scholars- all of whom have disabilities of their own.
Tickets will be available the day of the event. It is recommended that guests purchase their tickets ahead of time as the event has sold out in previous years. The tickets include a light buffet on Saturday, October 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on both days. The films will be shown with captioning, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, and audio descriptions. “It’s unlike any film experience where people usually sit quietly,” said Kudlick about the festival.
For a list of all 11 featured films and event information visit, http://www.superfestfilm.com/2016-films/.