Superfest ADA-30 Celebration with Disability Pride Philadelphia

Friday, July 10, 2020, 4:00 pm
Photo of man in superhero costume cutting a young man's hair outdoors
Matthew Genser (left) cuts hair in “The Barber of Augusta.”

This short film program features cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens, all previously featured at the Superfest Disability Film Festival. Free.

Films will play with open audio description and captioning. ASL/live captioning provided.


  • “Disability Culture Rap”: In this special 20th-anniversary presentation of this 2000 Superfest award winner featuring poet, activist and performer Cheryl Marie Wade, we take a fresh look at disability in America. Not the usual anthropological study of disabled people as specimens, here we assume that, yes, there is a disability culture, marked by a flat-out, no-apologies celebration of difference.
  • “The Barber of Augusta”: Toronto native Matthew Genser goes to great lengths to find his unexpected superpower: cutting hair. Like all superheroes, he has a dark side; but in his costume, he’s invincible. Put on your cape and get lined up!
  • “Bastion”: 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.
  • “The Chili Story”: A true story about desire and the arousal of taboo on a BART train.
Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, Disability Pride Philadelphia
Emily Beitiks