Documentaries Saturday 2 December 2023

Saturday’s Documentaries introduce Deaf and Disabled artists, scientists, sportspeople and a truck driver from the UK, US, Australia, Argentina and Germany. This programme has now ended but the details are below. It was available for 24 hours from 12noon GMT 2 December 2023.

Artist Richard Hunt with one of his colourful paintings

A World in Colours: the artistry of Richard Hunt. Shadowlight Artists @ Film Oxford. UK. 2023. 5m 23s. Festival Premiere. In English with English captions. DD. A past winner of the Shape Open, Richard has exhibited at the Old Fire Station Oxford, Modern Art Oxford and Compton Verney Gallery in Warwickshire, while his film work has been shown at festivals in the UK and internationally.

still from the filmLego Oma. Karina Sturm. Germany. 2023. UK Premiere. 12m 16s. In German and English with English captions. FF, DD. Lego Oma is a 12-minute micro-budget short documentary about Rita Ebel, aka the Lego Oma, a German grandma and wheelchair user. When she noticed that most of the stores in her hometown Hanau were inaccessible to her, Rita decided to make a statement by building wheelchair ramps from Lego, each a unique piece of art designed for a particular store.

Benny. Will Clark. United Kingdom. 2023. 11m 49s. In BSL with English captions. F, DD. A portrait of ‘Benny’, Benedetta Zanetti, a Deaf actor and performer based in Glasgow, Scotland. In this short artistic, rehearsal-style documentary film, Benny tells us about her passion for acting and the impact it has had on her life.

Chloe Hannah GardnerBreaking the Sound Barrier. Chloe Hannah Gardner. Australia. 2023. 5m. European Premiere. In Auslan and English with English captions. FFF, D. Candice Lureman is Australia’s only Deaf woman truck driver. This short film follows her life on the road.

still from the filmGrace. Luke Bradford. United Kingdom. 2023. 3m 43s. Online Premiere. In English with English captions. F, D. What happened after a medical student became disabled due to someone else’s suicide attempt. A story about radical acceptance. Trigger warning: references suicide.

still from the filmWatch Me Fly. Lily Drummond. Australia. 2023. 5m 15s. European Premiere. In English with English captions. FF, DD. When Anu Francis was forced out of her dream career of being a veterinarian due to disability discrimination, she turned to sport to build back up her self-worth and find community. Now she is one of the top ranking para-triathletes in the world, and is on track to compete at the Paris Paralympic Games in 2024.

still from the filmAlexis Salinas. Juan Fernández Gebauer. Argentina. 2021. 4m 46s. UK Premiere. In Spanish with English captions. D. Once one of the most promising talents in Argentinian football, Alexis lost his eyesight in a gun shootout. Now he has to learn how to be blind.

Standing on Water. Tommy Corey. United States. 2021. 10m 15s. UK Premiere. In English with English captions. DD. Californian surfer Christophe, who has dwarfism, talks about life as he goes surfing, featuring locations from Ventura to Humboldt and many other beautiful stops in between.

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