Not Everybody Can Do Everything (2014)

FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER 2015: 6pm

Peter Wareing US/New Zealand, 115m.

Around the world, many disabled people continue to live in institutions, hidden from sight. When their experiences are considered by filmmakers, they are usually represented by non-disabled actors. Filmed over 14 years (1996-2009), Not Everybody Can do Everything is an intimate portrait of three residents of Joselow House in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a residential home for people who are blind or visually impaired and with learning difficulties. The home is organized around the effort to assist the clients to gain control over their lives, and to be as self-sufficient as possible. Not Everybody Can do Everything depicts the relationship of the filmmaker with these residents, and offers an insight into a group of adults whose actual experience of disability is shown to be more complex and dynamic than is usually understood.

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Followed by Let’s Talk about Disability Film with Disability History Month Director Richard Rieser at our café-bar partner Gerry’s, opposite the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Quote ‘FESTIVAL 2015’ for a 20% discount on fresh food. The theme of this year’s Disabiity History Month is The Portrayal of Disability: Then and Now and Richard is an expert on the portrayal of disability within the moving image.

With grateful thanks to our funders: Arts Council England, with further support fromTrinity Buoy Wharf, Countryside Properties, Davenport Venue and Events Management and London Borough of Newham.