Friday, October 30, 2015
DIGITAL JOURNAL -- As the longest-running film festival of its kind, Superfest aims to push away the usual stereotypes of people with disabilities. “The media often puts a spotlight on the victimhood aspect of disability,” Beitiks said. She is associate director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. She noted that if not depicted as victims then it is the angry and bitter crippled person who is portrayed on screen. “We feature stories/films that highlight people who are living full lives with a disability. That their situation of living with a disability is something that inspires them. Yes, there are times when people with disabilities are sad or face obstacles but that is true of any life whether a person has a disability or not,” she said. The Longmore Institute and The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired are hosting Superfest together.