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Movies that Matter: Murderball

Posted in Arts & Culture
Feb 5, 2018


Movies that Matter
Sparking conversation through film


Monday, Feb. 5
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
The Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)

A panel discussion will follow, featuring 
Tracy Ridalls 
(Coordinator, Access and Equity Services)
Jacki Andre (Coordinator, Access and Equity Services) 
Heather Kuttai (Writer and Disability Rights Activist)
Adam Pottle (Writer and Disability Scholar)

The lead up to the 2018 Paralympic games (March 8-18) is the perfect time to revisit Murderball, a breathtaking and powerful documentary about the efforts of the Canadian and American wheelchair rugby teams in the 2004 Paralympics. Film often plays on a number of negative tropes when including characters with disabilities, which then become part our collective narrative. The real-life characters of Murderball address those tropes, effectively turning them on their heads. Our panel will discuss popular perceptions of people with disabilities, how popular culture (and especially film) perpetuates those perceptions, and what Murderball can teach us about life with disability. 

The panelists are connected through their associations with Access and Equity Services (AES) at the University of Saskatchewan. AES (formerly Disability Services for Students) is guided by Saskatchewan’s Human Rights legislation and the duty to accommodate individuals who require accommodations based on disability , religion, family status and gender identity.


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