does anyone know of any movies that i could recommend people watch?
all i can think of is neurotypical...which may be the only worthwhile one. but if there are more, let me know!
Shameless: The ART of Disability (available in entirety for free)
Animated Minds: Experiencing Mental Illness (available in entirety for free)
The critical complaints about the fairytale action flick Snow White and the Huntsman run the gamut from Kristen Stewart’s mopey heroine to Chris Hemsworth’s “unremarkable” male lead. But now, scorn is being piled on the folks who actually do much of the work in the original fairy tale: the film’s seven dwarfs.
A representative for Little People of America, a nonprofit group dedicated to the welfare of “people of small stature and their families,” said the organization is angry at Snow White‘s producers and its studio, Universal Pictures, for passing over little people for the roles of the seven dwarfs, according to a report by TMZ. Full-sized British actors — including Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone — played the titular heroine’s loyal friends and were shrunk using digital manipulation or cinematographic tricks including stand-in body doubles.
Moving past the omission of genuine little people for the role of the dwarfs, the spokesman said that Hollywood should be working harder to cast little actors in its films. “This means both casting people with dwarfism as characters that were specifically written to be played by little people … and other roles that would be open to people of short stature,” the rep told TMZ.
Meanwhile, actor Danny Woodburn, who had a regular role on Seinfeld and appears in this year’s other Snow White-inspired film, Mirror Mirror, had far stronger words for the film’s producers. “This is akin to black face,” he told the New York Post, likening the portrayal of dwarves by people larger stature to the minstrel acts of the early 20th century. “If they were casting little people as the doctor on ‘ER’ or the lawyer on ‘The Good Wife,’ if it worked both ways, then I wouldn’t have a beef with this. But it doesn’t work that way.” (Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts and released in March, does employ little people in the roles of the seven dwarves.)
A representative for Universal Pictures said that the choice of actors “was a casting decision, not a body-type decision,” according to the Post. “[The actors in the dwarf roles] came with pedigrees and recognizability.”
source by Everett Rosenfield @ time magazine
(As always, we don’t encourage comparing oppressions.)
From the early days of silent films to present day, from Chaplin to X-Men, disability portrayals are ever changing. This dynamic documentary will take a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment. Our in-depth investigation will go behind the scenes to interview Filmmakers, Studio Executives, Film Historians, and Celebrities, as well as utilize vivid clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures, television programs, and commercials to focus attention on the powerful impact that entertainment and the media can have on society. Do disability portrayals in the media impact society or does the media simply reflect our ever-changing attitudes? In this important documentary we will see if media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of the disabled and determine if an enlightened understanding of disability can have a positive impact on the world.
Hey everyone, I just wanted to bring to your attention an upcoming documentary I’ve been hearing about!
You can check it out here.