San Francisco, Katy Murphy and Dominique discussed on Life of the Law
Burden. So the second night of this event, they screened the film again, this time at the San Francisco public library in conjunction with the super fest disability film festival. There's a lot of stereotypes about people with disabilities that we see in media over over again. This is Dominique, BernarD ska performer writer, intellectual and poet, and the idea like people with visible or significant disabilities are unhappy. Depressed angry is very, very common like stereotype. So I think rather than trying to include a different type of disability I think is really just a stereotype about this must be what it feels like to be a wheelchair. All the time in your life must basically just be really empty lonely because we're locked away. The screening room had multiple accommodations, addressing numerous needs of the disabled. There was a sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired person live transcribing the panel, and then there was Katy Murphy who is live describing the film for the blind and visually impaired audio description. I really prefer to see it as an art form rather than sort of this kind of dry endeavor of just saying what is being seeing and then being done with it. Then people really benefit in terms of how they right when they think of audio description as a level of interpretation as well as the level of presentation. I, I saw Gatica when it came out twenty years ago and I was very young and impressionable, and somehow because of my own disability, I sense the connection, but I couldn't put my finger on it. So it was kind of fascinating. I knew it spoke to me in some way, but I didn't understand how didn't have words for it. It was just a feeling Katherine cuddly is a professor of history and director of the Paul Longmore institute on disability at San Francisco state university. Essentially, it turned the table so that the people that were perfect were suspect. Whereas the people that were imperfect became the heroes, the movie, and they became the the driving force that you, they had the Power in a way. Not that they were the ones that changed everything in the movie, but you identified with the people that didn't have Power and you had dented with the people that weren't perfect. And so somebody that grew up in a society that never saw me as perfect and saw me as completely flawed in a way I totally dentist, but this character that was flawed. Identified with the critique of a society that was trying to rid itself of people who were flawed. Wow, a mainstream movies saying that the flawed people have Power and something to give. That's amazing. Vincent. I got you have changed. Has it been so long? Recognize your brother. Breath, irs. Parents, both thinking they don't live too. My thoughts. What are you doing here? Anton. I should ask you that question. I have a right to be here. You don't. Do you have any idea what it took to get in here you've gone as far as you can go. You come with me now is that the only way you can succeed is to see me fail telling you even you are going to tell me what I can in can't do now. If case you haven't noticed, I don't need any rescuing. So Andrea. We were sitting there in the audience and I think we both realized something that we talked about later. What was that that if the world of Gatica were to come true, we didn't know who would be there including ourselves. What are the hidden costs of eliminating imperfection? We don't know. Imperfection serves a purpose. Otherwise wouldn't be here. You know. I mean, you know, there's something in the universe and there's all sorts of things that were once seen as imperfections and they bring flavor. I mean, would you want to eat that tomato? That's perfect. This once we engineered to with an inch of its life and it's gorgeous tomato. That's fantastic and beautiful. And then you take a bite into the, you know, they'd have no flavor, no life, whatever. And you want the one that's a little bit charleena's and a little bit of personality. And that's the flavor is. My name's today. I'm in sixth grade. This is the first time I've seen Janika. I think that if you are born a certain way, doesn't mean that you have to be like that your whole life. It means that like you can change that if you want to. And I think that the person should determine that for themselves. That's also determining if how they're going to be in the world instead of like if they have a sickness or any of that to make them let the lower caste of the world. The tagline of the movie is there is no gene for the human spirit. So that's supposed to be, you know, celebrating what we saw in the protagonists storyline. But there's also this other storyline there that I think is this that saying that if we allow these technologies to be offered in the world to be marketed in the world, what we're gonna find is that you know it, it doesn't make any difference what you can do or can't do based on whatever your abilities are disabilities are. What's going to matter is the perception of who you are and whether you are valid or not.