Event Category: Screening

Closing Night Film: Me, My Mouth & I

Jess Thom seated at a desk, in conversation with another person

RAFFTO is excited to show our festival closing film Me, My Mouth and I!

Thanks to our co-presenting community partners British Council, Hot Docs, Why Not Theater, and Tangled Art & Gallery. And venue partner, Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto.

Join us after the film for a Q&A with Jess Thom, presented with support from the British Council.

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Me, My Mouth and I
Dir. Sophie Robinson | English | United Kingdom | 60 mins | Documentary
Follow Jess Thom – a woman with Tourette’s syndrome- whose exploration of neurodiversity
through the work of Samuel Beckett makes art accessible to everyone, at the same time raises
questions about cultural curation, who has access to theatre and who can perform it.

Barrier Free: The Art of Adam Cohoon, Living Art, and Shake with Me

Adam Cohoon looking from the stage to the seats of a dimly lit empty theatre

RAFFTO is excited to show Barrier Free: The Art of Adam Cohoon, Living Art, and Shake with Me!

Thanks to our co-presenting community partner Design Exchange. And venue partner, Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto.

Join us after the film for a Q&A with the filmmakers of Barrier Free: The Art of Adam Cohoon.

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Barrier Free: The Art of Adam Cohoon
Dir. Fotis Kanteres | English | Canada | 17 mins | Documentary
Adam Cohoon is a photographer, filmmaker, artist and accessibility advocate who lives in downtown Toronto. In this short film, Cohoon offers a unique perspective on being an artist who uses a wheelchair. Catch a glimpse of how he makes his art on the street and at home, and then shows it to the public.

Presented with our community partner Design Exchange.

Living Art
Dir. David Rochkind | English | United States | 32 mins | Documentary
As she prepares for the opening of the biggest gallery show in her career, Mara Clawson, battles with her Familial Dysautonomia (FD) diagnosis – a rare genetic disease that damages the autonomic nervous system that only affects Jews of ashkenazi descent – and her undetermined life expectancy.

Presented with our community partner Design Exchange.

Shake with Me
Dir. Zach Grant | English | United States | 32 mins | Documentary
Debra Magid is an artist and designer who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 2012. In the fall of 2016, Debra agreed to let her son, Zack Grant, document the relationship between her art and her condition on film. What started as an exploration of Debra’s growth as an artist in the face of Parkinson’s Disease grew into a larger story of art, health, family and the will to cope. Shake With Me is a look into a frozen, tenuous and unique moment in time where Debra’s health is stable, her art is thriving, and the future is entirely unknown.

Presented with our community partner Design Exchange.

MUHI: Generally Temporary

Two adults, each using one hand to grasp the fingers of the other hand, seated on either side of a small child using prostheses

RAFFTO is excited to show the film MUHI: Generally Temporary!

Thanks to our co-presenting community partners JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Foundation, and Toronto Jewish Film Society. And venue partner, Al Green Theater at the Miles Nadal JCC.

MUHI: Generally Temporary
Dirs. Rina Castelnuovo & Tamir Elterman | Germany/Israel | 89 mins | Documentary
For the past seven years Muhi, a boy from Gaza has been living in an Israeli hospital, unable to
return home. He is saved and raised in paradoxical circumstances that transcend identity, religion and the conflict that divides his world.

Join us after the film for a panel discussion with Dr. Asaph Rolnitsky.

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Love & Loss and Wild Prairie Rose

A person walking on a road between two large green rolling fields of crops

RAFFTO is excited to show two films Love & Loss and Wild Prairie Rose!

Thanks to our co-presenting community partners Centre for Independent Living Toronto. And venue partner, Al Green Theater at the Miles Nadal JCC.

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Love & Loss
Dir. Yiiying Nikki Li | United States | 22 mins | Documentary
A delicate exploration of two women’s journeys as they seek to find companionship. Nicole Evans was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Karen Crespo became disabled after contracting Bacterial Meningitis. This documentary offers a unique perspective on the nature of romance.

Presented with our community partner, Centre for Independent Living Toronto.

Wild Prairie Rose
Dir. Deborah LaVine | United States | 90 mins | Narrative
In 1952 Rose Miller returns to her rural hometown of Beresford, South Dakota to care for her ailing mother. Once there, she falls in love with a deaf man and must decide if she has the courage to follow her heart. It is a film that focuses on one woman’s story, and yet challenges the audience to examine their own assumptions about what makes a good life.

Presented with our community partner, Centre for Independent Living Toronto.

Little Rebel and Refuge in the Rockies

Still from Refuge in the Rockies: a skier wearing a yellow and red suit and holding two ski poles, on a slope with a white fence in the foreground and orange temporary snow fencing in the background

RAFFTO is excited to show two films Little Rebel and Refuge in the Rockies!

Thanks to our co-presenting community partner JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival, Canadian Sport Film Festival, Variety Ontario. And venue partner, Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto.

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Little Rebel
Dir. Aimie Vallat & Guido Ronge | USA | 10 min | Short Doc | 2017
Isatou Jallow, a woman from The Gambia living in Seattle, advocates for women, asylees, and people with disabilities. Dimensions of Isatou’s epic journey—from her origins and physical hardships to scholarship, becoming a lawyer and leader, demonstrating an ultimate resiliency and altruism— are deeply human, harrowing, transcendent, tenacious…and part of the American immigrant story.

Presented with our community partner, JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival.

Refuge in the Rockies
Dir. Kaio Kathriner | Canada | 12 min | Short Doc | 2018
This short documentary tells the story of young Columbian refugee and Para-alpine ski champ Anderson Losada. An obscure law prevented him from Canadian citizenship and cost him his Paralympic dreams.

Presented with our community partners, JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival, Canadian Sport Film Festival, and Variety Ontario.

Act Natural, Same Nightmare and The Drummer and The Keeper

Still from The Drummer and the Keeper: A person walking away from a couch ablaze in a vacant lot, with hills and two smokestacks in the background

RAFFTO is excited to show two short films Act Natural and Same Nightmare and one feature film, The Drummer and The Keeper!

Thanks to our co-presenting community partners Stop Gap Foundation, Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival, Autism Ontario, Rendezvous with Madness presented by Workman Arts. And venue partner, Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto.

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Act Natural
Dir. Luca Fox | Australia | 4 mins | Narrative
Act Natural is a short film that seeks to exhibit the inner battle that occurs within people with
high- functioning autism as they engage in everyday conversation.

Presented with our community partner, Autism Ontario.

Same Nightmare
Dir. Spencer MacKay | Canada | 8 mins | Narrative
Same Nightmare shows the attitudinal barriers faced by Colby, a high school student (played by
Tyler Hall) yearning to be included.

Presented with our community partners, Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival and StopGap Foundation.

The Drummer and the Keeper
Dir. Nick Kelly | Ireland | 93 mins | Narrative
Gabriel is the drummer of an up and coming rock band in Dublin, who when not playing, can
barely keep a handle on his drinking and depression. Following his latest incident, his sister
forces him into a therapy where he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a teen diagnosed with
Asperger’s. What follows is a winning and completely unpredictable story of finding your family.

Presented with our community partners, Autism Ontario, Rendezvous with Madness presented by Workman Arts.

Opening Night Gala and Screening: Intelligent Lives

Naieer from Intelligent Lives in art class, in front of a wall of colourful artwork, wearing a red shirt and painting with a paintbrush

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the 4th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto, dedicated to showcasing Disability and Deaf cultures through film.

The night begins with cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at Artscape Daniels Launchpad at 7:00 PM, with honoured guests, artists, filmmakers, and activists in attendance.

Following the screening we will be joined via video-conference by special guests from the feature film.

The exciting documentary Intelligent Lives launches the 3rd Annual Festival.

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From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities — Micah, Naieer, and Naomie — challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

Thank you to our community partners for co-presenting Intelligent Lives, Inclusive Education Canada and Community Living Toronto. And to our RAFFTO 2019 partner, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. And our venue partner, Daniels Launchpad.

Act Natural, Same Nightmare and Shakespeare in Tokyo

A person walking through a market stall in Tokyo on an overcast day

RAFFTO is excited to show Act Natural, Same Nightmare, and Shakespeare in Tokyo as part of the 2019 ReelEducation Program.

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Act Natural
Dir. Luca Fox | Australia | 4 mins | Narrative
Act Natural is a short film that seeks to exhibit the inner battle that occurs within people with
high- functioning autism as they engage in everyday conversation.

Presented with Autism Ontario.

Same Nightmare
Dir. Spencer MacKay | Canada | 8 mins | Narrative
Same Nightmare shows the attitudinal barriers faced by Colby, a high school student (played by
Tyler Hall) yearning to be included.

Presented with Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival and StopGap Foundation.

Shakespeare in Tokyo
Dir. Genevieve Clay-Smith | Australia/Japan | 21 mins | Narrative
A man with Down syndrome embarks on a solo adventure to discover Tokyo.

Presented with L’Arche.

A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem

Five cheerleaders in a row with backs facing the camera. Each is holding silver poms and their arms extended behind the cheerleaders on either side. They are silhouetted by the bright stadium lights they are facing

The cheerleaders of the National Football League put themselves through strict regimens, measuring waistlines and muscle definition, rehearsing their acts to perfection and often paying out of pocket for all their outfits and paraphernalia. Their dedication, hard work and team loyalty generate an astounding profit for the multi-billion-dollar corporation that shamelessly pays them less than minimum wage. Determined to seek justice for years of astounding inequity and exploitation, a group of women file lawsuits against the NFL, alleging gendered wage theft and egregious employment practices. Risking their careers and reputations, and ostracizing themselves from a tight-knit community of current and former cheerleaders, the women uncover a culture that has complete disrespect and disregard for the real worth of a woman’s work.

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April 30, 8:30 PM (closed captions)
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto 4, 259 Richmond Street West

May 2, 9:00 PM (open captions)
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West

May 4, 12:30 PM (closed captions)
Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East

Who Let the Dogs Out

A stuffed bulldog toy with brown and white fur, wearing a yellow t-shirt with a picture of three people and "Baha Men" in yellow capital letters

It may have seemed like a simple undertaking when he started, but little did artist and curator Ben Sisto know that to answer the question, “Who let the dogs out?”—one of the catchiest and most recognizable hooks in music—he’d have to travel across the world. From cheerleaders to feminist musicians to music execs, many claim to have asked the question first. Sisto has made a part-time living out of telling the story of his search to live audiences, and he has one big conclusion to share: We may never know who, who, who, who, who let the dogs out. And actually, it’s not that important. The lesson Sisto draws from his wild eight-year-long adventure is that all creation relies on a shared pool of ideas. We may never answer the question, but asking it is all the fun.

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May 2, 9:30 PM (closed captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1, 350 King Street West

May 3, 6:30 PM (closed captions)
Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle

May 5, 9:30 PM (open captions)
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, 350 King Street West