Defiant Lives

The history of the disability rights movement, featuring a litany of impressive activists determined to create a world where everyone, regardless of impairment, is valued and can participate fully.

The story of the rise and triumph of the disability rights movement, featuring some of the most impressive activists you've never heard of. The film uses exclusive interviews with movement leaders from the past five decades, combined with rarely seen archival footage sourced from Australia, USA and the UK. The story begins in the big institutions where disabled people were routinely imprisoned for life. From the 1960s onward, small numbers began to escape, only to end up battling a brutal and dehumanising system. Defiant Lives is full of extraordinary characters determined to create a better world.

Festival guest: Sarah Barton

This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary:

Accessible wheelchair spaces for the session on Monday 12 June have unfortunately sold out.

As the seats at Events Cinema are wired in and therefore immovable, the Festival is unable to create additianal wheelchair accessible spaces.

An additional session has been added at Casula Powerhouse on Sunday 18 June, 11am. This venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs, has ample free parking, and up to 15 wheelchair spaces are available in the auditorium. Please call 1300 733 733 or email to book a wheelchair space for the Casula Powerhouse session.

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Sarah Barton

Australia, USA, UK

84 mins




Sarah Barton

Sarah Barton, Liz Burke

Sarah Barton, Joanne Donahoe-Beckwith

Rob Murphy

Documentary Australia Foundation Award, Disability, Human Rights, World Premieres

Production Company: Defiant Lives Productions Pty Ltd