Abära - Ireland’s first International Disability Film Festival

October 17, 2011


Abära - Ireland’s first ever International Disability Film Festival

Abära - Ireland’s first ever International Disability Film Festival kicks off this October with a selection of stunning films from around the world. Aimed at celebrating the progress made by people with disabilities while increasing awareness and understanding of the many challenges still faced by people with disabilities across the globe, Abära opens on Thursday, October 20th and continues until Sunday, October 23rd.

The partners of the Abära International Disability Film Festival invite you to the Irish Premiere Gala Screening of “Music by Prudence”. The 2010 Academy Award® winning Music by Prudence tells a story of one young woman’s struggle who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds, and in her own voice conveys to the world that ‘disability does not mean inability’. There will be a post-screening discussion between Prudence Mabhena and Sinead Crowley of RTÉ.

The Gala Screening takes place on Thursday 20th October 2011 at 6.30pm, Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. RSVP by Friday 14th October to info@adiarts.ie.

One of the most anticipated films of the festival is UK director Lucy Walker's remarkable Academy Award short-listed documentary, 'Blindsight'. The film, which will be shown in axis: Ballymun, follows the emotional journey of six blind Tibetan teenagers who climb the north face of Mount Everest with their hero, blind American mountaineer, Erik Weihenmayer, and their teacher, Sabriye Tenberken, the founder of Tibet’s only school for blind children.

Abära is also delighted to present the compelling new documentary from Dutch filmmaker, Marjin Poels, ‘The Voice of 650 Million Times One’, which features disabled people across Africa and Asia talking openly about their exclusion from society in everyday matters such as healthcare, reproductive health and their vulnerability to HIV and AIDS. Malcolm Quigley, VSO Ireland and James O’Connor of Open Heart House are partaking in a post screening discussion.

Other highlights of the festival include 'Happy Birthday Thalidomide' which will be followed by a post screening discussion between actor/comedian Mat Fraser in conversation with Finola Cassidy of the Irish Thalidomide Association. The Senegalese short ‘The Little Girl who Sold The Sun’ and a screening of the feature ‘Black Sun’ which will be introduced by talented Irish producer, director Hilary Fennell among many others.

For more information and a full programme visit www.abara.ie, or keep in touch on www.facebook.com/abarafilm and www.twitter.com/abarafilm

We look forward to seeing you there.

Aidan Leavy
Festival Chairman
Abära International Disability Film Festival