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Still from Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty with a person and a wheelchair suspended from a tether

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June 24, 2020

Disability on Film: Sins Invalid

Hosted by ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival

Join critic, writer, curator, and lecturer Angelo Muredda as he takes a critical look at disability on film in this popular series at the MNJCC. We’ve got evil villains, sci fi superheroes, magical cures, questions of representation, imagined futures, and more!

On June 24 we will discuss Sins Invalid (2013) by Patty Berne.

“There is no right or wrong body of a conscious revolutionary mind.”

Sins Invalid witnesses a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance. Sins Invalid is as an entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability, manifesting a new paradigm of disability justice.

Participants are asked to watch the film in advance as this is a talk and not a screening. The film is available on Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/product/sins-invalid-unshamed-claim-beauty

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Three tiers of Pay-What-You-Can tickets: $10, $5, and free. CART is provided.


  • ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

    750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 3G1, Canada

    LiviyaM@MNJCC.org (416) 924-6211

    In 2016, the American-born ReelAbilities Film festival crossed the border and launched in Toronto, Ontario, making this the first official international chapter of RAFF.

    Now in our fourth year, ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival is proud to showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about Deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are Deaf.

    Over the past 4 years, ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto has launched programs alongside producing the festival in the spring of each year. Programs such as the ReelAccess/CinemAccessible Guide and the CBC-ReelAbilities Breaking Barriers Film Fund have helped build this Toronto festival into a mainstay of the city’s disability and cinematic fabric! Our ReelEducation program has brought films and lesson plans about equity and inclusion into 118 schools across the province, in 28 schoolboards.