At a time when anyone with a digital video device can make a film, and the internet is a free platform to showcase diverse stories, anyone who wants to make a film should be able to make one. But even though India is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which guarantees the right to creative and artistic expression, it has done little to support its disabled citizens as creative contributors to society.
We Make Film, the documentary series, delves into the stories of film and video-makers with disabilities. Set in urban contemporary India, the series highlights social attitudes to disability and filmmaking. It also shows the inaccessibility of film and video technology, barriers to film consumption and education, and how the filmmakers find ways to articulate their creative vision.
The recce and research process was completed in August 2017. The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign gave us just about enough to complete a major section of the shoot between April and June 2018. View the crowdfunding trailer and download the accessible written description and transcript for the trailer here.
The series edit is currently underway, and is expected to have a January 2020 release. Contact the director to back the post-production of this unique film series today, and help share the Deaf/disabled filmmakers’ unique stories with the world. Share this project with your family and friends, Like the film on Facebook, Follow it on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with research updates, GIFs, videos and memes that’ll run alongside the project.