Still from Defiant Lives
Still from Defiant Lives
 

Defiant Lives

by Sarah Barton
A fiercely defiant history of disability activism in Australia, the US & the UK bursts alive with creative energy & political will in this exhilarating doc.
2017  ·  1h25m  ·  Australia
English
About the Film
Featuring exclusive interviews with elders (some now deceased) who’ve led the movement over the past five decades, the film weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with the often-confronting personal stories of disabled men and women as they moved from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives. Once freed from their imprisonment, disabled men and women took on the big charities, criticising the use of celebrities to beg on their behalf. They chained themselves to public transport around the world and demanded access “to boldly go where everyone else has gone before”; and they lobbied for support to live ordinary lives in the community with family, lovers and friends. DEFIANT LIVES is a triumphant film full of extraordinary characters who put their lives on the line to create a better and very different world where everyone regardless of impairment is valued and can participate.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
Sydney Film Festival, Official Selection
Athens International Film Festival, Official Selection
In the Press
Interview
Blind Abilities
Review
The Sydney Morning Herald
Editor
Rob Murphy
Animator
Kingdom of Ludd
Sound Editor
Erin McKimm
Researcher
Sarah Barton
Soundtrack Composer
Erin McKimm
Writer
Sarah Barton
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