JCC Rockland presents our 3rd Annual ReelAbilities

Reel Abilities NY Disabilities Film Festival
Mar 2-8, 2017
ReelAbilities Film Festival brings together the community to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

 All Films will be shown at JCC Rockland
 All screenings are wheelchair accessible
 All screenings are $10 in advance ($2 more at the door)

Part of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival
For full festival schedule and information, visit: NY.REELABILITIES.ORG

Thursday, March 2, 7:30pm

My Hero Brother

Directed by Yonatan Nir
78 min

SPEAKER: Enosh Cassell
A group of young adults with Down syndrome embark on a demanding trip through the Indian Himalayas accompanied by their typically-abled brothers and sisters. Unresolved conflicts and the complexities of growing up with a differently-abled siblings come to the surface, while a heart-warming and special closeness develops among the group as they deal with formidable physical and emotional challenges. The difficult trials and poignant relationships set against the richly colorful backdrop of India open new horizons and deepen our understanding of adults with disabilities and their families.

Tuesday, March 7, 7:30pm


Directed by Lara Stolman
100 min

SPEAKERS: Laela Kilbourn, Anthony Pavlacka
What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one boy with autism take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting a diverse group of teens on the autism spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Demonstrating the power of inclusion to transcend ability, this triumphant film profiles this team, the Jersey Hammerheads. Through training and competition, star athletes Mikey, Robbie, Kelvin, and others gain self-confidence and social skills that serve them both in and out of the pool.

Wednesday, March 8, 7:30pm



Directed by Shaina Allen
65 min

SPEAKERS: Matthew Castelluccio, Mario Moran
Miami is a city known for its sports and diversity. For the Miami Heat Wheels, it is a city of opportunity, second chances, and a call to win – against all odds. The Rebound follows the underdog journey of this wheelchair basketball team, as they strive for a national championship. This remarkable documentary delves into each player’s tribulations and examines how the sport turned strangers on the verge of losing hope into brothers. It is a story of unwavering resolve and a testament to our innate ability to engage with life’s toughest challenges, including those beyond what meets the eye.


Directed by Qingzi Fan
10 min

Kitty Lunn, a paraplegic dancer, has been teaching students with disabilities for the past thirty years.

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