Superfest: The International Disability Film Festival

Saturday, November 14, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, November 15, 2015 (All day)
Photo of woman in wheelchair underwater
This 29th annual festival celebrates what people with disabilities bring to our world. Selected among submissions from North America, Latin America, Europe and Australia, the 10 films bring to the screen a variety of topics and disabilities, each helping move forward Superfest's mission to celebrate cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability culture in all its diverse, complex and empowering facets. This celebration of cutting-edge cinema portrays disability culture in all its diverse, complex and empowering facets, and is the longest running festival of its kind in the world. November 14, 6 - 9:30pm, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. November 15, 10:30am - 5pm, Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. $12 - $24.
San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind
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November 14

  • To Be or Not To Be (Kazakhstan). Directed by Aziz Zairov and Mukhamed Mamyrbekov. An actor who is disabled rehearses Hamlet’s soliloquy and questions whether to live or to die. 61 minutes, feature drama. Excellence Award.
  • Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty (United States). Directed by Patty Berne Sins. Invalid performances explores how themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body, manifest in a new paradigm: disability justice. This vibrant documentary serves as an entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability. 33 minutes, documentary (explicit). Achievement Award.
  • Rent-a-Crip (United States). Directed by Terry Galloway and Diane Wilkins. In this parody, a savvy group of disabled people have taken the reins away from the able bodied profiteers and put themselves thoroughly in control. 3 minutes, short comedy (explicit). Disability Comedy Award.

November 15, 10:30am – 1:30pm

  • Predators of Transylvania (Slovakia). Directed by Julia Kolenakova Nothing is quite as it seems in the is Slovakian folklore-inspired short. 7 minutes, animated short.
  • Bastion (United Kingdom). Directed by Ray Jacobs. Just before closing time, a completely bald man walks into a barber shop. Reflections in the window and an irritating fringe have told him that it’s time for a haircut. 11 minutes, short drama. Best of Festival (Short) Award.
  • Do You Dream in Color (United States). Directed by Abby Fuller and Sarah Ivy. This film is a poignant coming-of-age documentary capturing the inspired journeys of four teenagers who are blind. 71 minutes, feature documentary. Advocacy Award.

November 15, 2pm – 5pm

  • Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement (United States). Directed by Regan Brashear. From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradable” than ever. Fixed rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever. 61 minutes, feature documentary. Best of Festival (Feature) Award.
  • Regione Caecorum (In the Land of the Blind). By Drew Goldsmith. If a society is built with blind persons as the norm, it might be the person with sight who feels disabled as this short stop-motion animation illustrates. 3 minutes, stop-motion. P.K. Walker Innovation in Craft Award.
  • The Gift (of Impermanence) (United States). Directed by Alex Ketley. The AXIS dance company’s choreography allows an audience to explore what is beautiful about the diverse body. 11 minutes, dance performance. Artistry Award.
  • Hole (Canada). Directed by Martin Edralin. A daring portrait of a disabled man yearning for intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him. 15 minutes, short drama (explicit).