"Film is a powerful medium not only to entertain but to educate and empower. In ‘Fear of Rain’, director Castille Landon does all three through the specific mental health lens of schizophrenia. In this film, a girl living with schizophrenia struggles with terrifying hallucinations as she begins to suspect her neighbor has kidnapped a child. The only person who believes her is Caleb - a boy she isn't even sure exists. To be trapped in your mind unsure of what’s real and what’s not is a nightmares for some. For others, it’s a reality that this film brilliantly portrays."
"Film, at its best, is a catalyst for change. NASRIN is an example of this. In this documentary, the story of Nasrin Soutoudeh is told in a way that and informs and inspires through a tapestry of voices that weave a version of reality that most are not aware of but should be."
"In 12 minutes and 9 seconds, filmmaker Roy Zafrani brought me to my knees with his short film Over The Wall. A must-see for every parent, the film illustrates the truth of our humanity through the eyes and actions of two young boys who learn that what they’ve been taught is different from the reality they’ve found. Equal parts bold and brilliant, the cinematography is incredible and the message is moving. A powerful lesson learned in 729 seconds."
"Living with Cerebral Palsy, it is such a rarity to see people in movies and TV that “look like me”. It never really happened until I decided to binge breaking bad on Netflix in high school. Watching the pilot, I was happily surprised to see someone that looked liked me, Walter Jr., played by RJ Mitte. I was even more elated when I learned that RJ does have cerebral palsy. He brings authenticity and heart and isn’t afraid to make sure that disability is at the center of the story, as is the case in his latest film, Triumph. In the film, Mitte plays Mike, a high school wrestler with cerebral palsy who is out to prove to himself, his father, his coach, and his peers that despite his disability, he can succeed as a high school wrestler. The grit and tenacity that Mitte brings to the role, as well as taking on the all too familiar struggles of fighting for acceptance at school, making friends, getting a girl to see past the disability, and above all else, fit in, really make this movie hit close to home for me. I’m yearning for more films and television shows with stories centered around people with disabilities, played by actors and actresses with disabilities."
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