Selected Deaf and Deafness, Chronic Illness and Disability Videos Available from the TESC Library, TESC Access Services and the Timberland Regional Library
Title: A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America
Call Number: RA644.P9P37 1998
Producer or Director: Nina Gilden Seavey
A documentary history of polio in the US, from arrival in 1916 through the epidemic to Dr. Jonas Salk’s vaccine. Shows responses from various aspects of society, to a frightening disease.
Title: Bill T. Jones: still/ here/ with Bill Moyers
Call Number: GV1785.J66B55
Producer or Director: Bill Moyers and David Grubin
PBS documentary on the making of Still/Here, a production by
the Bill T.
Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company focused on stories and movements of
people with life-threatening illnesses. Still/Here
ignited a controversy in the art world, begun by critic Arlene Croce, about the
making of so-called “victim art.”
Title: Cancer in Two Voices
Call Number: RC280.B8 B853 1993
Producer or Director: Lucy Massie Phenix, based on original videotapes by Ann Hershey
Documents three years in the lives of Barbara Rosenblum and partner Sandra Butler, as Barbara was dying of cancer. Unusually open on a number of topics, including anger, coping, relationship to body and sexuality, and caregiving.
Title: The Chariot Races
Call Number: GV709.3.C43 1997
Producer or Director:: Christian Schneider
Paralympic Gold Medallist ski racer John Davis is also a pioneer in the sport of off-road wheelchair racing. Action footage.
Title: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
Call Number: RC523.C66
Producer or Director: Deborah Hoffmann
This Academy Award-nominated film documents 84 year old Doris Hoffmann’s experience of Alzheimer's. Director and producer Deborah Hoffmann, Hoffmann’s daughter, relies on gentle humor to offset the distressing reality of this disease. Also addresses caregiving from a geographical distance, and the difficult decision to institutionalize a relative.
Title: Dancing from the Inside Out
Call Number: GV 1799.2.D36 1994
Producer or Director: Thais Mazur & Sarah Shockley
Profiles three disabled members of The AXIS Dance Troupe, which employs both disabled and non-disabled dancers.
Call Number: RC451.4.W6 D45 1993
Producer or Director: Mindy Faber
Through interviews with her mother and the sharing of her own experiences as her mother’s daughter, Faber examines delirium and its relationship to the roles and position of women in an oppressive society.
Title: Disability Culture Rap
Call Number: HV1568.D57 2000
Producer or Director:: Cheryl Wade, Jerry Smith
Features poet/activist/performer Cheryl Marie Wade, one of the founders of Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theatre.
Title: Funny, You Don't Look Sick
Call Number: RB152.6.F86 1995
Producer or Director:: Susan Abod and Lisa Pontoppidan
Susan Abod lives with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS; also called Environmental Illness). The video focuses on daily life and necessary adaptations. Realistic, with a gentle use of humor.
Title: In the Land of the Deaf
Call Number: HV2395.I5 1995
Producer or Director: Nicolas Philibert, Thierry Roisin
Portraits of deaf people (including a woman once considered mentally ill because she couldn’t hear, and a newly-wed couple) that reveal deaf culture and experience. In French and French sign-language, with English subtitles.
Title: Poetry in Motion
Call Number: PS3572.A395P64 1990
Producer or Director: One of a series of ASL poetry tapes produced by Sign Media
Original poetry in American Sign Language, created and performed by Clayton Valli. No voice-over.
Title: Sound and Fury
Call Number: HV2391.S68 2002
Producer or Director: Roger Weisberg, Josh Aronson
Members of a large, three-generation family with deaf and hearing members deal with the fact that technology can help deaf people hear while it also threatens deaf culture and family ties. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Title: Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back
Call Number: HV1553.V58 1998
Producer or Director:: David Mitchell
Interviews with and performances by disabled artists, writers, and scholars give a sense of the emerging disability culture.
Available from TESC Access Services (located in Library 1407D)
Title: King Gimp
Producer or Director: Susan Hannah Hadary and William A. Whiteford
Documents the life of Dan
Keplinger, who was born with cerebral palsy. The film won an Oscar for Best
Documentary Short Subject in 2000.
Title: Liebe Perla
Producer or Director: Sharhar Rozen
A look at the brutality toward and murder of disabled people in Nazi Germany.
Title: Look Who’s Laughing
Producer or Director: Randy J. Johnson
Stars six comedians who bring their disabilities on stage. Shot at various US comedy clubs.
Title: When Billy Broke His Head . . . and
Other Tales of Wonder
Producer or Director: Billy Golfus and David E. Simpson
Billed as an “irreverent, first person road movie,” this video is by award-winning journalist Bill Golfus – who put it together after being brain injured in a traffic accident. Documents part of the disability rights movement, with passion and humor.
Timberland carries a number of films on chronic illness and disability, including a fairly broad section on mental illness. Search the catalog by the name of the condition. Of special note is Breathing Lessons, an unusually candid film about journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, who spent most of his life in an iron lung after polio paralyzed him.
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Last updated on December 4, 2003.