Superfest Aims to Change Perception of Disabilities Through Flm

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Kate Amunrud, alumna of SF State, got involved with Superfest after she interned for the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and promoted last year’s festival.

She believes this film festival is more important than ever because of the political climate.

“With a sitting president who has publicly mocked people with disabilities, conversations about disability representation and rights are urgently needed,” she said. “The films in this year’s festival cover pertinent topics like racism, healthcare, homelessness, and many others that are pressing issues in our lives today.”

Superfest was once ran only by volunteers, and although it has grown with the help of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the goal still hasn’t changed.

“Our mission and work is to try and get non-disabled people to the festival to see these films because it can totally change the assumptions that we have about disabilities that we don’t even know we have in a real non threatening way,” Beitiks said.