NYWIFT is pleased to co-present the NY Premiere of Invitation to Dance by Simi Linton and Christian Von Tippelskirch. Invitation to Dance received funding from NYWIFT's Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant. The screening will be followed by a reception.
In 1971 while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam, Simi Linton was injured. Subsequently wheelchair-bound and still in college, Linton was suddenly confronted with rampant discrimination.
Outspoken, thoughtful and impassioned, Linton quickly became a resourceful activist. Invitation to Dance brings to light the efforts that she has made to ensure rights for people with disabilities - from the time of her injury to her present day efforts to bring an end to discriminatory taxi service - and maintain her capacity for love, sexuality and dance.
ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival is presented annually in 15 cities throughout the U.S. and features award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. This year, nine out of the 14 feature films were directed by women.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Mar. 7, 2014