Two days of film screenings that are being put on by UC San Francisco ReelAbilities Film Festival this month aim to help raise awareness of disabilities, including hearing loss and autism.

The events are part of the UCSF ReelAbilities Film Series, which is part of the University’s efforts to foster equity, inclusion and appreciation of diversity of all kinds. Share the flyer for these two great film events!

“We have had a tremendous response to the films we showed during 2016,” said Bruce Flynn, co-chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on Disability Inclusion. “These films are intended to engage the campus community around issues of disability awareness, inclusion and unconscious bias, and challenge beliefs and biases about disability.”

The first screening is Sounds for Mazin,” a film about a 12-year-old who is deaf but faces an operation that is supposed to make him hear. The screening, at Toland Hall at UCSF’s Parnassus campus on Jan. 26, will include a post-film panel chaired by Colleen Polite, AuD, assistant director of the UCSF Cochlear Implant Center, along with family members and patients of the center.

“Like many of my patients, the boy on this movie is both excited about all the new things he might discover, but also fearful because, the world as he knows it might never be the same again,” Polite said.
Photo of Mazin
“Sounds for Mazin”

Thurs., Jan. 26 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Parnassus Campus, Toland Hall
On Saturday, Jan. 28, UCSF will hold another event at the Pomeroy Center in San Francisco. The event will feature three short films with very different perspectives about autism: Sensory Overload,” Chimes for Tyler,” and Little Hero.”
Sensory Overload illustration
“Sensory Overload”
Tyler hugging the chimes
“Chimes for Tyler”
Twins on the beach
“Little Hero”
Three short films about autism, Saturday, Jan. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco.
The night’s events also will include the feature presentation, Wretches and Jabberers.

After the feature presentation there will be a panel that is chaired by Geraldine Collins-Bride, RN, MS, FAAN, clinical professor and vice-chairperson of UCSF Community Health Systems.

“The film is about two men, Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher, both of whom have autism,” Collins-Bride said. “Both men grew up unable to speak, and had limited communication until they learned to type as adults. The documentary is the remarkable story of these two men traveling the globe on a quest to change attitudes about disability and the capabilities of people with autism.”

The screenings are part of a film series that is presented by the Chancellor’s Committee on Disability Inclusion and the Office of Diversity and Outreach.

UCSF will host the series throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Films will cover topics that challenge beliefs and biases about many disability issues, including AIDS, autism, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and deafness.

UCSF has worked with the ReelAbilities Film Festival since 2014 showing short films from its archives. The festival was the first of its kind to present award-winning films by and about people with disabilities.
Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette
“Wretches and Jabberers”

The feature film, Saturday, Jan. 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco