Festival showcases films that portray people with disabilities in new ways
By Beth Mellow Tales of European brothels and sex industry workers will hit the big screen as the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival kicks-off at the JCC Manhattan on the Upper West Side and at 23 other venues throughout New York City and surrounding areas on March 7th. The festival, which is in its fifth year, will feature three films that focus on themes of sexuality and disability, among a wide selection of documentaries, shorts, and narrative films on a variety of topics.
Come as You Are, directed by Geoffrey Enthoven, and winner of The European Choice Awards People's Choice Award, tells the story of three young men with disabilities on a quest to lose their virginity. Six Points About Emma, directed by Robert Perez Toledo, is a feature film about a blind woman determined to get impregnated, while the documentary Scarlet Road, directed by Catherine Scott, follows Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton, who specializes in working with a population with various disabilities. Additionally, a dinner at the JCC Manhattan on Friday night will pay homage to director Ben Lewin, and his award-winning film The Sessions.