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Disability Studies

Examines the nature and consequences of disability, focusing on the division between “impairment” and “disability”, where impairment was an impairment of an individual’s mind or body, while disability was considered a social construct.

Films in this subject

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops
A rare 360 degree portrait, Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops follows two police officers with the San Antonio Texas Police Department who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment, one emergency call at a time
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 96/25 min.
Year of production: 2019
Gurrumul
GURRUMUL is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 96 min.
Year of production: 2017
My Way To Olympia
A warm and touching look at what the Paralympic Games mean for the athletes, by a filmmaker who starts out as a cynic but soon gets swept up by the emotional whirlwind of competitive sport.
Language: English, German, Greek (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 85 min.
Year of production: 2013
It’s Not Yet Dark
Narrated by Colin Farrell, this is the incredible story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a young Irish filmmaker who, despite a diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease, goes on to direct an award-winning feature film solely through the use of his eyes.
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 77 min.
Year of production: 2016
Little People Big Dreams
Behind the curtains of the most unlikely kingdom on earth. This is China's Dwarves Empires, where little people stand tall. Or do they?
Director: Mak Ck
Language: Chinese (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 89 min.
Year of production: 2014
Liebe Perla
This film focuses on the friendship between Perla Ubsitsch, a dwarf who survived Dr. Mengele's cruel experiments in Auschwitz, and a researcher Hannelore Witkovsky. Together they search for an old film featuring Perla and her siblings.
Director: Shahar Rozen
Language: English, German, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 53 min.
Year of production: 1998
Kim’s Story
If one photograph captured the horrific nature of the Vietnam War, it was that of a nine-year-old girl running naked down a road, screaming in agony from napalm burns. This girl was Kim Phuc, and this is her story.
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 48 min.
Year of production: 2000
Sea of Butterfly
After an 8-year relationship, Jae-nyeon and Woo-young decide to get married. Though similar brain lesions define them, the pair must confront and resolve marital issues identical to any other couple.
Director: Park Bae-il
Language: Korean (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 89/52 min.
Year of production: 2011
Deaf Jam
Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen and Israeli migrant living in New York, enters the spoken word poetry slam scene, eventually collaborating with Palestinian hearing slam poet, Tahani.
Director: Judy Lieff
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 53/70 min.
Year of production: 2011
The Punk Syndrome
A film about Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band with Down Syndrome.
Language: Finnish (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 85 min.
Year of production: 2012
Matthew’s Laws
Director Marc Schmidt films his childhood friend Matthew, who, due to his autistic disorder, desperately tries to create order in the chaos around him.
Director: Marc Schmidt
Language: Dutch (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 72 min.
Year of production: 2012
Monica & David
Monica & David explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs.
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 68/52 min.
Year of production: 2009
Planet of Snail
Young-Chan is a deaf-blind poet, who shares the world around him with his devoted wife Soon-Ho, with whom he communicates using a touch-based form of Braille.
Director: Seung-Jun Yi
Language: Korean (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 87/52 min.
Year of production: 2011
I’ll Come to You with Deaf Eyes
The film examines the roots of the distress that plagues the Deaf, and explores a rich and fascinating world, a people that struggles to preserve its Sign Language and Culture
Language: French (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 105 min.
Year of production: 2015
Not Going Quietly
Ady Barkan’s life is upended when he is diagnosed with ALS, but a confrontation with a powerful senator catapults him to national fame and ignites a once-in-a-generation political movement
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 95 min.
Year of production: 2021
Against the Tides
A woman’s ambition, to swim all seven of the world’s most harrowing sea channels in a single year, tests both her athletic limits and her personal relationships
Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 88 min.
Year of production: 2019
Voices from El Sayed
El Sayed village has the highest percentage of deaf in the world. Deafness is accepted as one’s fate. Allowing modern medical technology of Cochlear Implant to change the destiny of 3 years’ old Muhammed challenges tradition in this conservative community
Language: Arabic, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)
Running Time: 52 min.
Year of production: 2008