Guelph Film Festival - Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies
Nov 3, 2012, 3-4PM
The Guelph Film Festival of Moving Media will present, Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies: Women Speak Out on Living with Disability & Difference, 12 short films on visible and invisible differences, made by women who live with difference and disability.
The representation of disabled people can largely be characterized as one of being put on display or hidden away in institutions, hospitals, group homes, and generally removed from the public eye. In all of these ways, the disabled body has been stolen; disabled people have lost control over the representation of disability. However, as Eli Clare, author of Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies, says "just as the disabled body has been stolen, it can also be reclaimed”.
These short films are indicative of the fierce way women with disabilities and differences talk back to cultural expectations for disability by creating our own representations. Bodies of difference are reclaimed in these films, which reveal the complexities – the pride, pains, struggles for rights and joys of community – of living with disability and difference.
The digital content for the films emerged from a multi-university research partnership, including York University, funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.