Code of the Freaks + Interview with Salome Chasnof

Directed by Salome Chasnoff

Using hundreds of clips, filmmaker Salome Chasnoff brings a reframing of Hollywood’s portrayal of disabled people of different ages on film by letting the actual people with disabilities speak for themselves. USA.

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REFRAMING DISABILITY

A striking documentary that relies on hundreds of films clips to reframe Hollywood’s stereotypical portrayal of disabled people of different ages by letting the actual people with disabilities speak for themselves. Followed by the classic 1974 film, “Awakenings,” which portrays Dr. Oliver Sack’s extraordinary work in the 60s with a group of catatonic patients living in a Queens hospital — survivors of a 1920s worldwide Sleeping Sickness epidemic — and how he helps them to “awaken” in a changed world.