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*Available from 3 to 12 December 2021.

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These films are available to stream for free via Vimeo, by viewers all over the world, except for viewers in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Syrian Arab Republic.

  • A Web of Hope

    A Web of Hope

    Directed by Ibtisem Ben Nassib
    Malaysia | 2021
    8 minutes
    G
    English with English subtitles

    Refugees are not allowed to legally work in many countries, living in a state of limbo. This not-for-profit organisation works to mentor and train refugees in Malaysia, and connect them to remote work opportunities around the world.

  • Ahmad

    Ahmad

    Directed by Zeinab Feizi
    Iran | 2021
    7 minutes
    G
    Persian with English subtitles

    The life story of Ahmad Babaei Rad, a 20-year-old man from Iran. Born with physical disabilities, he realizes his limitations and chooses to strengthen his abilities for his mother’s sake. At work and on the soccer field, he shines, fuelled by Paralympic dreams and connections with sportsmen across the world, thanks to social media.

  • Bend or Break

    Directed by Karan Sharma, Sidhant Sharma
    Canada | 2020
    40 minutes
    G
    English with English and Japanese subtitles

    A documentary centered on the inspiring story of the life of Mitch Martow. A teenager’s sudden struggle with chronic pains leads us on a journey of multiple misdiagnoses to final understanding of the “invisible” disease he has – Hyper-mobility Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

  • Between the Veils

    Between the Veils

    Directed by Sandeep Ramesh
    India | 2021
    4 minutes
    G
    Malayalam with English subtitles

    What is it like to be navigating COVID-19 with a disability? This film will answer that question, as it follows a reclusive and anxious young man named Sidhardh.

  • Bigger Than Us

    Directed by Maya Albanese
    United States | 2021
    16 minutes
    G
    English with English and Japanese subtitles

    A documentary about the making of Best Summer Ever. As the world’s first SAG-registered feature film produced by a fully inclusive majority disabled cast and crew, this behind-the-scenes view captures the fact that this may well be the most important film ever made.

  • Connecting The Dots

    Connecting The Dots: The Story of Feeling Through

    Directed by Doug Roland
    United States | 2020
    25 minutes
    G
    English, American Sign Language with English and Japanese subtitles

    How did they do it? This documentary follows the search for the DeafBlind man who inspired Feeling Through and the making of this powerful film.

  • Feeling Through

    Directed by Doug Roland
    United States | 2019
    18 minutes
    G
    English with English and Japanese subtitles

    A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between an underprivileged teen and a DeafBlind man. Feeling Through is the first film to star a DeafBlind actor.

  • Feeling Through (English Audio Description)

    Feeling Through (English Audio Description)

    Directed by Doug Roland
    United States | 2019
    18 minutes
    G
    English

    A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between an underprivileged teen and a DeafBlind man. Feeling Through is the first film to star a DeafBlind actor.

    Audio description transcript available here.

  • Feet in the Sand

    Feet in the Sand

    Directed by Mani
    India | 2015
    6 minutes
    PG 13
    English and Japanese subtitles

    This is a beautifully rendered message: never assume that your first impression is correct. Parents frolicking in the sea, a boy in a wheelchair, bystanders, a beautiful beach. There is seeing, and there is looking.

  • Freedom Within

    Freedom Within

    Directed by Krystal Foo
    Philippines | 2018
    4 minutes
    G
    English, Tagalog with English subtitles

    About 1.2 billion females lack access to sanitary products, and three Singaporean sisters want to reduce that number. Enter Freedom Cups, a menstrual cup that lasts up to 15 years, is cost-effective, reduces waste products and most importantly, allows women to study, work and live with dignity.

  • Full Picture

    Directed by Jacob Reed
    United States | 2020
    12 minutes
    G
    English with English and Japanese subtitles

    Actress, comedian and activist Santina Muha has been using a wheelchair since she was six, but with meetings, hangouts, classes and even dates happening virtually, she has a choice to make: to reveal her disability or not?

  • Helium

    Directed by Anders Walter
    Denmark | 2013
    23 minutes
    G
    Danish with English and Japanese subtitles

    Helium is a touching and beautifully made short film about a terminally ill boy, Alfred, who is not particularly enamoured with the prospect of Heaven. A janitor invents an alternative place called Helium. It won an Oscar for Best Short Film in 2014.

  • Invisible Heroes

    Invisible Heroes

    Directed by Mak CK
    Singapore | 2020
    8 minutes
    G
    English with English subtitles

    In a rarely seen, often closed-door support session with four caregivers, we hear about the challenges that caregivers of people with mental illness face and the support they have received as they journey with their loved ones. Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL), which supports caregivers and empowers them with skills and peer support, has supported almost 5,000 caregivers in Singapore.

  • On Beauty

    Directed by Joanna Rudnick
    United States | 2015
    30 minutes
    G
    English with English and Japanese subtitles

    Follow fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left fashion out of frustration with its narrow definition of beauty, as he re-focuses his lens to challenge convention with the help of a woman who’s bullied for the birthmark on her face, and the other, a woman with albinism who lives in a society with this condition.

  • The Brightness of the Arts

    The Brightness of the Arts

    Directed by Juliana Tan
    Cambodia | 2020
    5 minutes
    G
    Khmer, Cambodian Sign Language with English subtitles

    Healing from trauma – individually and as a society – and the power of the arts. This is the work of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a Cambodian non-profit that believes that art is the soul of a nation.

  • The Future is Now!

    Directed by Yoichi Ochiai
    Japan | 2021
    21 minutes
    G
    Japanese with Japanese and English subtitles

    Directed by renowned media artist Yoichi Ochiai, this show brings together some of the world’s leading tech companies and fashion brands and a diverse cast of models to present 11 creations in an electrifying fashion presentation.

  • The Present

    The Present

    Directed by Jacob Frey
    Germany | 2014
    4 minutes
    G
    English with English and Japanese subtitles

    The story of a boy who’d rather spend his time playing videogames instead of discovering the world around him. Until he gets a surprise that changes his whole perspective.

  • The Silent Child

    Directed by Chris Overton
    United Kingdom | 2017
    20 minutes
    G
    English, British Sign Language with English and Japanese subtitles

    A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker opens the door to a new world by teaching her sign language.

  • Violin Scratches

    Violin Scratches

    Directed by Rochelle Smith
    United States | 2019
    3 minutes
    G
    English with English and Japanese subtitles

    Radio interview with Gaelynn Lea, musician and disability advocate. She shares her thoughts on the beauty “scam”, her refusal to be beaten by society’s definitions of it, and her self-acceptance.

  • When a Song Begins: One Year Later

    When a Song Begins: One Year Later

    Directed by Hiroki Kawai
    Japan | 2021
    26 minutes
    G
    Japanese with English and Japanese subtitles

    Director Hiroki Kawai and photograper Harumichi Saitoh meet for the first time since the film’s release.

  • Women with Wheels

    Women with Wheels

    Directed by Mamta Singh
    India | 2020
    8 minutes
    G
    Hindi with English subtitles

    Women at the wheel. Delhi-based Azad Foundation trains women from challenging backgrounds to gain skills and financial independence through “non-traditional” livelihoods such as driving.

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