JCC of Central NJ: ReelAbilities Film Festival
ReelAbilities Film Festival – November 1-17, 2021
In partnership with JCC MetroWest and Federation
Monday, November 1 – film link good for 48 hours, Discussion on Wednesday, November 3rd
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities — Micah, Naieer, and Naomie — challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper, the narrator of the documentary, contextualizes the lives of these central characters and shares a personal perspective as he unpacks the sordid track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.
Monday, November 8 – film link good for 48 hours, Discussion on Wednesday, November 10th
Orr, a 30-year-old wheelchair user has feelings for her new physiotherapist, bringing new breezes of desire to her daily routine of rehabilitation.
A severely depressed man reaches out for an emergency therapy session. He’s not the only one who needs help. Starring William Jackson Harper and Will Ferrell.
Monday, November 15 – film link good for 48 hours, Discussion on Wednesday, November 17th
A young dancer struggles with her bi-cultural identity when she meets a confident young Deaf man who stirs up conflicted feelings about growing up hearing in a Deaf family.
Wild Praire Rose
In 1952 Rose Miller returns to her rural hometown of Beresford, South Dakota to care for her ailing mother. Once there, she falls in love with a deaf man and must decide if she has the courage to follow her heart. It is a film that focuses on one woman’s story, and yet challenges the audience to examine their own assumptions about what makes a good life.