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 1974 film, “Awakenings,” which portrays Dr. Oliver Sack’s extraordinary work in the 60s with a group of catatonic patients –survivors of a 1920s worldwide Sleeping Sickness epidemic — and how he helps them to “awaken.”
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. Directed by Salome Chasnoff. 78 mins. USA.
The true story of Dr. Oliver Sack’s work in the 60’s, working with a group of catatonic patients, survivors of a 1920’s worldwide epidemic of “Sleeping Sickness,” who he “awakens.” USA. Note: This is the original documentary that inspired the major motion picture with Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams. Directed by Duncan Dallas. 43 mins. USA.