Disability World
A web-zine of international disability news and views • Issue no. 28 January 2007

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Breaking Down More Barriers in Moscow with Film
From November 17-20, the 3rd International Disability Film Festival “Breaking Down Barriers” was held in Moscow at the movie theater Salyut, still one of the most accessible movie theaters in town. More than 1,500 people attended the four day event.  Viewers included teachers, social protection officials, students of film and social work, special educators, disability activists and other members of the community. 

The festival showcased nearly 100 films from Canada, France, South Africa, Georgia, Russia, the U.S., Italy, Mexico, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, the UK, Austria, Mexico, Germany, and India.  Films were short and long features, documentaries, animation, films for children, about children, public service announcements, and more.  The films from 20 countries competed for 11 awards.  The awards were selected by a distinguished jury of Russian film-makers, chaired by the famous Russian director, writer, producer and actor, Aleksander Mitta, who graduated from the well-known All-Russian Cinema Institute in 1960.  He is also a recipient of the distinguished Russian Film Award, 2001, TEFI. In 2004 he was awarded the title “Most Popular Artist of Russia.” At the start of the festival, Mr. Mitta was interviewed by national Russian TV.  On National TV Mr Mitta remarked: “These are films about disabled people, but they are not for them, they’re for us.  You get such a sense of fullness from them …And it’s all true.” Read more about the Moscow Film Festival...

still shot of filmaker Benjamin Snow giving the thumbs down

U.S. Teenager Wins Award for Acerbic Disability Awareness Video
Benjamin Snow, 19, was one of more than 300 video producers who entered a contest to “Film Your Issue” in 30-60 seconds last May. The results were posted online where thousands of viewing voters selected Snow’s short video called “Thumbs Down to Pity” as one of the 35 best. A professional media jury then selected his creative entry as one of five winners. Snow and his parents joined the other winners at the United Nations on June 19 for an awards ceremony. Go here to watch “Thumbs Down to Pity,” an acerbic and humorous request to Hollywood media-makers to excise this emotion from their disability treatments. You can watch the video on DisabilityWorld or watch and then order a copy on DVD or VHS on Snow's website.

UN Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

Lauding Disability Convention as "Dawn of a New Era", UN Urges Speedy Ratification

ILO Welcomes New UN Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities

Dutch View: What Impact Will the UN Disability Rights Convention Have?

EU-25 commits to the protection of disabled people's Human Rights through a new UN Convention

Mental Disability Advocacy Center Clarifies Advances of UN Convention for those with Mental Disabilities 

Practical Discussions on Implementation in the U.S. and Other Countries

Taking the Right Approach to Disability

International News and Views

Identity crisis in the Disability Movement?

The Protection of Rights of People with Disabilities in China 

Disability and Development: A contribution to promoting the interests of persons with disabilities in German Development Cooperation

Consensus Conference on Wheelchairs for Developing Countries Held in Bangalore

Kenyans With Disabilities Must Now Challenge Political Marginalization

Russia: government must establish independent investigation into hospital fire deaths

Romanian NGOs Protest Use of World Bank Funds to Support "Dormitories" for Disabled Persons

Unique HIV & AIDS Initiative for Africa

Iraq & Afghanistan wars briefly

Arts & Media

Breaking Down More Barriers in Moscow with Film

Disability in the U.S. Media – notes on 2006

U.S. Teenager Wins Award for Acerbic Disability Awareness Video 

New Documentary about Psychological Trauma Experienced by U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Call for Entries: Emotion Pictures, Documentary and Disability 1st International Festival, Athens 2007

Access & Technology

Frank Bowe, Ph.D., Outlines How to Improve Electronic Access in University Setting 

Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments Formed  

W3C boosts Web access for disabled

Women & Youth

UN Study of Violence Against Women Finds 50% of Disabled Women Experience Abuse 

Protection of the rights of women with disabilities  

Students with Mental Retardation Make Gains in the general classroom, University of Florida study finds

Sterilisation of Children with Intellectual Disabilities 

Book Reviews

Book Review:  Disability in Afghanistan

Blindness and the Visionary: Fully Accessible Biography of Sir John Wilson (1919-1999)

Children with Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus in Africa 

Book Review:  Disability in Ethiopia 

Disability & Deafness in North East Africa  

In Our Hearts We Were Giants: the remarkable story of the Lilliput Troupe--a dwarf family’s survival of the Holocaust

Book Review:  Ethnicity and Family Therapy  

Book Review:  Helping Children Who Are Deaf 

The Women Weigh In: Memoirs from the Distaff Side of the Disability Movement

The Disability Top 10 of 2006


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