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Defiant Lives
A film by Sarah Barton
Australia, 2017, 85 minutes, Color, DVD, English
Order No. W171217

DEFIANT LIVES is a triumphant film that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement. It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate. Featuring interviews and rarely seen archival footage, the film reveals how these activists fought to live outside of institutions, challenged the stigmas and negative image of disability portrayed by the media, demanded access to public transportation, and battled to reframe disability rights as a social responsibility relevant to us all. DEFIANT LIVES is an excellent tool to encourage discussions about diversity and disability for students, audiences and community groups.


Spanish language edition is available. Contact orders@wmm.com.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


Vigo Inclusion Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize

  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Athens International Film Festival

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    "A documentary on a civil movement that everyone needs to know about."
    Film Ink

    "Defiant Lives tells the powerful story of disability activists fighting against entrenched attitudes towards disability and highlights the ongoing struggle for recognition of rights that able-bodied people often take for granted."
    Right Now Film Festival

    "Director Sarah Barton tells a largely untold story, charting the history of the disability rights movement in Australia, the US and the UK."
    The Guardian

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WMM offers film collections on a variety of specific subject areas, including the collections VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Ending the Silence, BODY IMAGE, and AFRICAN-AMERICAN: Celebrate the Lives of African-American Women.

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