Reel Eyes Annual Showcase of Films

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Reel Eyes is a showcase of films by and about people with disabilities that occurs in the spring. 2012 is the 9th year this event will take place. The lineup typically includes films from popular culture as well as documentaries from the DSS Lending Library.

On-Campus Showings

There are two lineups being featured this year: Brain Awareness and Disability History

Tuesday March 27th and Tuesday April 10
UAA Campus - Professional Studies Building 233

Tuesday April 17rd and Thursday April 19th

Tuesday March 27th and Wednesday March 28th

Wednesday March 28th and April 4th

All events are free and open to the public. American Sign Language is available upon request.

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Aimee Mullins

 Lives Worth Living


International Brain Awareness Week occurs in March each year. It is a good time to reflect on the marvels of our nervous system and to ponder the impact of science and technology. Advances are often frought with difficult decisions, challenging choices, and the potential for both positive and negative impacts. The films offered during Reel Eyes 2012 will prompt reflection and are accompanied by handouts.

Cyborg Revolution

Cyborg technology is a revolutionary development in rehabilitation medicine. It allows the brain and nervous system to manipulate specially engineered devices that help people regain the use of impaired body function. Once a dream of science fiction, this revolutionary technology is now becoming a reality.

The Brain that Changes Itself

For centuries the human brain has been thought of as incapable of fundamental change. People suffering from neurological defects, brain damage or strokes were usually written-off as hopeless cases. But recent and continuing research into the human brain is radically changing how we look at the potential for neurological recovery.The human brain, as we are now quickly learning, has a remarkable ability to change itself - in fact, even to rewire itself.

Disability History

The Disability Rights Movement was born of the civil rights movement. The UAA Disability Rights page details great resources, but during Reel Eyes selected resources will give a glimpse into this important, yet often unrecognized struggle.

Lives Worth Living

People with disabilities are one of the largest minorities in the United States. But for most of American history, they occupied a sub-class of millions without access to everyday things most citizens take for granted: schools, apartment buildings, public transportation, and more.

Lives Worth Living traces the development of consciousness of these pioneers who realized that in order to change the world they needed to work together. Through demonstrations and inside legislative battles, the disability rights community secured equal civil rights for all people with disabilities. Thanks to their efforts, tens of millions of people's lives have been changed.

It's Our Story

It's Our Story is a national initiative to make disability history national and accessible. The project conducted over 1,000 video interviews with disability leaders across the nation so everyone can take part in the discussion about what it means to be an American with a disability.

Reel Eyes Credit Offering

1 Credit is being offered at the 400 level through distance education this year.

Social Work A490 - CRN 39953 Selected Topics in Social Work

Course Description:

This courses give participants an opportunity to develop and utilize skills analyzing disability representation in film and other media and increasing understanding of disability culture. The course is complementary to the public events occurring during the Reel Eyes showcase of films by and about people with disabilities.

Topics include:

  • Disability, Identity, and Society
  • Differences between Medical Model and Social Model of disability
  • Examples of disability in film and popular culture

Class meeting times - This class is completely asynchronous. There are not set meeting times, however all work must be completed between March 19-April 30