Films and Events

Films & Events

Accessibility

RAFF has taken several measures to ensure that the festival is as accessible as possible to audience members of all abilities.
• All festival venues used by RAFF are wheelchair accessible and companion seating is available.
• All films will screen with open captioning and/or subtitles.
• American Sign Language interpreters will be present at select screenings and all panels.
• There is no charge for Support People.
• Service animals are welcome.
• Several of the films have audio description with Phonic Ear Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) available.
• A scent-free policy will be in effect.
• All screenings will be sensory friendly.

Schedule

Wednesday, May 10
Opening Night at Wychwood Barns
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Please join ReelAbilities Toronto for the Opening Night of the 2017 Festival. The night will include catering provided by DANI, speeches, and a Q & A with Looking at the Stars director Alexandre Peralta following the screening of his feature film.

LOOKING AT THE STARS
DIR. ALEXANDRE PERALTA | 90 MIN | BRAZIL | DOCUMENTARY | CANADIAN PREMIERE

A feature documentary about what it means, in equal parts, to be a woman, a blind person, and a dancer. Looking at the Stars is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the extraordinary ballerinas at the world’s only ballet school for the blind—the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind.

ACCESS FEATURES: Subtitle, Open Captioning, CART Services, Audio Description for Looking at the Stars

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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Thursday, May 11
Al Green Theatre
7:30-9:45pm

SANCTUARY
DIR. LEN COLLIN | 85 MIN | IRELAND | NARRATIVE | CANADIAN PREMIERE

In this dramatic comedy, Larry and Sophie are trying to find intimacy in a world doing everything to keep them apart. Their night together takes unexpected twists and turns when they bribe their caregiver into booking them a hotel room.

Panel presented by Community Living Toronto.

ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for panel discussion

This film has been rated 18A by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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Friday, May 12
Innis Town Hall
7:30pm

ENTER THE FAUN
DIR. TAMAR ROGOFF & DAISY WRIGHT | 67 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | CANADIAN PREMIERE

The unlikely collaboration between a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy
delivers astonishing proof that each and every body is capable of miraculous transformation.

ACCESS FEATURES: Open Captioning

This film has been rated 14A by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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Saturday, May 13
Free Family Film and Arts Day at Holland Bloorview

10:00-4:00pm

CHILDREN OF GOD
DIR. AHMED YASSIN | 10 MIN | IRAQ | NARRATIVE | CANADIAN PREMIERE

A young amputee bets his prized possessions, hoping to grab the attentions of the girl he loves.

ACCESS FEATURES: Subtitles

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

4 QUARTERS OF SILENCE
DIR. CODY BROADWAY | 17 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | CANADIAN PREMIERE

For every snap, hit, pass, and run, one team tackles a unique challenge. Located in Austin, the Texas School for the Deaf is the only school out of 1,483 high school football teams that serves the Deaf. In this uplifting short, Deafness is not a weakness, but a strength.

ACCESS FEATURES: Open Captioning

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

MY LIFE IN THE CITY
DIR. ADAM GOLDHAMMER | 12 MIN | CANADA | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | WORLD PREMIERE

People with disabilities are often left out of conversations about city building. This film shares stories and ideas of adults with intellectual disabilities on urban spaces, development, and a vision for the city of Toronto.

ACCESS FEATURES: Open Captioning

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

PRINCESS JACK
DIR. LESLEY JOHNSON | 8 MIN | CANADA | DOCUMENTARY SHORT

A short documentary about a boy with high-functioning autism, whose life is filled with make-believe. The film follows Jack as he introduces us to his particular tastes in wardrobe, carefully applies costume makeup, and patiently works his way through sewing classes in the hopes of making his own princess ball-gown.

ACCESS FEATURES: Open Captioning

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

THE REBOUND
DIR. SHAINA ALLEN | 65 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | CANADIAN PREMIERE

Experience the spirit of a sport in this true story of the Miami Heat Wheels quest for glory, and the journeys of three para-athletes in search of new dreams. Audience Award for Best Documentary, Brooklyn Film Festival
Panel Discussion on Accessible Arts

ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for panel discussion

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

Family Day Facilitated Workshops:
Design Exchange – Urban Environment
Toronto Animated Image Society – Accessible Filmmaking: Stop Motion Animation
Arts Xpress – All day crafts

Register for this free event!

Sunday, May 14
Al Green Theatre

3:00-5:15pm
SWIM TEAM
DIR. LARA STOLMAN | 100 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | TORONTO PREMIERE

SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion and independence. From the opening day of the swim season to the opening ceremony of the national Special Olympics, this multifaceted doc explores the struggles and triumphs of three young athletes with Autism. Meet Director Lara Stolman after the film for Q & A.

ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for Q&A

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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Sunday, May 14
Al Green Theatre

6:30-7:30pm
HOLD MUSIC
DIR. MICHAEL MCNEELY | 10 MIN | CANADA | SHORT | WORLD PREMIERE

In this 10-minute semi-silent experimental short, a young, gay, deaf-blind man faces a number of challenges when purchasing tickets for a musical for himself and his loved ones. Q & A with Director Michael McNeely and Cast.

ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for Q&A

This film has been rated 14A by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

Listen to an interview with Director Michael McNeely and Jean-Guy Spencer discussing Hold Music. Closed captioning and full transcript of the interview are available.

7:30-9:30pm
LOOKING AT THE STARS
DIR. ALEXANDRE PERALTA | 90 MIN | BRAZIL | DOCUMENTARY

A feature documentary about what it means, in equal parts, to be a woman, a visually impaired person, and a dancer. Looking at the Stars is an intimate glimpse into the lives of the extraordinary ballerinas at the world’s only ballet school for the blind—the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind.

ACCESS FEATURES: Subtitles

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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Monday, May 15
Innis Town Hall
7:30-9:15pm

ANNA
DIR. HARRIET MAIRE | 9 MIN | NEW ZEALAND | NARRATIVE SHORT | CANADIAN
PREMIERE

Complex and generous-hearted portrait of Anna, a woman whose routine is unexpectedly interrupted when someone takes her seat on the bus.

ACCESS FEATURES: Open Captioning

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

MY FERAL HEART
DIR. JANE GULL | 83 MIN | UK | CANADIAN PREMIERE

In this coming-of-age drama, a sudden bereavement throws Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down’s syndrome, into a daunting new environment. He finds unexpected support from his feisty, streetwise caregiver. Friendships bloom and long-buried secrets are revealed.

Audience Award, Cinequest Film Festival

ACCESS FEATURES: Open Captioning

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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Tuesday, May 16
Innis Town Hall
7:30-9:45pm

IMBER’S LEFT HAND
DIR RICHARD KANE | 63 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | TORONTO PREMIERE
PREMIERE

Poignant and revelatory, IMBER’S LEFT HAND is an award-winning documentary that chronicles the life and career of celebrated American painter and Harvard professor Jon Imber. A bittersweet and deeply moving document of this artist’s courageous and darkly humorous response to a diagnosis of ALS. Adversity only makes him more determined.

A panel discussion will follow this screening.

ACCESS FEATURES: Open Captioning, ASL Interpretation for panel discussion

This film has been rated 14A by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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Wednesday, May 17
Al Green Theatre
7:30-9:00pm

SPECTRUM: A STORY OF THE MIND
DIR. JILL JONES + BRENT YONTZ | 24 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | TORONTO PREMIERE

An inventive animated and live action documentary that explores the inner sensory experiences of Autism, featuring Temple Grandin and Judy Endow.

ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description

This film has been rated G by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

ADAM’S BAR MITZVAH
DIR ADAM WOLFOND, ESTEE KLAR, LUIS MOREIRA | 14 MIN | CANADA | WORLD PREMIERE

“Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say”, This short doc follows Adam Wolfond as he prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, and illuminates Judaism, identity, disability and community.

Q&A with filmmakers will follow this screening.

ACCESS FEATURES: Audio Description, ASL Interpretation for Q&A

This film has been rated G by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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Thursday, May 18
Al Green Theatre
7:30-9:30pm

MY HERO BROTHER
DIR. YONATAN NIR | 78 MIN | ISRAEL | DOCUMENTARY | TORONTO PREMIERE

A group of young adults with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trip through the Himalayas accompanied by their siblings. Their journey brings unresolved challenges to the surface.

Q&A with filmmakers will follow this screening.

Panel with cast and director
Closing Reception

ACCESS FEATURES: Subtitles, ASL Interpretation for Q&A

This film has been rated PG by the Ontario Film Authority (2017)

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