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Top Five Disability Films of 2005
One of the top five
United Cerebral Palsy, a nation health charity institution, maked a choice and has announced its list of the Top five movies featuring people with disabilities in 2005. Those films have a great potential to initiate a broad public dialogue on disability.
"The accurate portrayal of people with disabilities in film is essential to inform the American public about the challenges families face and overcome everyday”, said Stephen Bennett, President and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy. "The best disability films of 2005 tell stories that break stereotypes.”
The Top Five:
UCP's top disability film of 2005 shows the real stories of rugby players with quadriplegia. The award-winning movie is about the best and worst of fierce athletes.
Web site: www.murderballmovie.com
- Rory O'Shea Was Here
In Rory O'Shea Was Here, two young men with disabilities break free from an institution to discover the ups and downs of living on their own in the community. The movie extols the ideas of independence and self-determination.
Web site: www.roryosheawasheremovie.com
- Yellow Brick Road
In Yellow Brick Road, an official selection at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, talented actors with disabilities demonstrate their range on stage and in life as they present the timeless Wizard of Oz.
Web site: www.yellowbrickroadmovie.com
- The Kid & I
The implausible becomes possible when a washed up action movie star learns that growing up with a disability takes more courage than fighting bad guys on the big screen. Eric Gores, an actor with cerebral palsy, makes his film debut with Tom Arnold in the Kid & I.
Web site: www.kidandi.com
- The Ringer
Like all Farrelly brother comedies, The Ringer doesn't pull its punches. Instead, it deconstructs the stereotypes of disability through devastating humor. The Ringer is actor Johnny Knoxville, who tries to fix the Special Olympics, and in the process dispels the negative perceptions of disability.
Web site: www.theringermovie.com
- More information on the United Cerebral Palsy at: www.ucp.org