A powerful documentary exploring the disability rights movement is coming to Launceston.
Defiant Lives tells the story of the rise and triumph of the disability rights movement over the past five decades, from when people with a disability were imprisoned in institutions through to the changes that have allowed many people to fully participate in society.
Film director and co-producer Sarah Barton worked on the film for close to 10 years.
“It’s fantastic to see all of the activists and the footage of activists over many, many years. The film brings all that together in a compelling narrative,” she said.
“What I think people come away with is the sense that no matter what they’re doing in their lives … they can look at the way they live their lives, and say I can be more accessible, these are the principles that underpin access, and what can I do to provide better access for people.
“It’s actually a film that stands on its own as a piece of really strong documentary making. It’s interesting and engaging, not just for people who are involved in activism.
“People find it really mind blowing.”
National Disability Coordination Officer North and North-West coordinator Darlene McLennan said the film screening coincides with the Speak Out conference taking place at the Door of Hope on Friday and Saturday.
“The Speak Out Self Advocacy Conference is the longest running conference for people with disability in Australia,” she said.
”This movie shares powerful stories from across the UK, America and Australia that I feel will have a significant impact on people who attend.”
UTAS's Social Inclusion Community of Practice, the National Disability Coordination Officers program, Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia, Speak Out, BOFA and National Disability Service partnered to host the screening.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Barton.
The event will take place at the Tramsheds from 6pm on September 14. Tickets are $10, and available from www.ndcotas.com.au with limited tickets on the door.
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