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YIHR Film Fest: Disability Rights


The Intouchables
Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2011, France, 112 min.
Thursday, September 5 at 7 PM

Driss (Omar Sy) a street smart, ex-con, brings excitement and energy into the life of Phillipe (Francois Cluzet), a quadriplegic aristocrat after he is hired to be the caretaker. “The Intouchables” is an uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility based on a true story.  Lionel Cuillé, Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of French, Webster University Dept. of International Language and Cultures will lead a discussion following the screening.  Admission is free.


Benda Bilili!
Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye, 2010, DR Congo, France, 85min.
Thursday, September 12 at 7 PM

Ricky has a dream: to make Staff Benda Bilili the best band in Congo Kinshasa. Roger, a street child, more than ever wants to join these stars of the ghetto, who get around in customized tricycles. Together, they must avoid the pitfalls of the street, stay united and find the force to hope in music. Spanning five years, from the first rehearsals to their triumph at international festivals, Benda Bilili! (“beyond appearances”) is the story of this dream becoming a reality.  Admission is free.

Any Day Now
Travis Fine, 2012, US, 97 min.
Thursday, September 19 at 7 PM

"Any Day Now" is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. A gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes in a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva), after being abandoned by his mother, and becomes the loving family he's never had. The men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, "Any Day Now" touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.  Co-sponsored by Webster University's LGBT Alliance.  Admission is free.

Scarlet Road
Catherine Scott, 2011, Australia, 106 min.
Thursday, September 26 at 7 PM

The documentary "Scarlet Road" follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientele - people with disability.  Dr. Stacey Henning, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Webster University will lead a discussion following the screening.  Admission is free.


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