- Human Interest, Human Rights, Social Issues, and Minorities
THE ABILITY EXCHANGE is a documentary film about an innovative Disability Studies course at NYU Polytech where engineering students and self-advocates with cerebral palsy team up to make movies. This observational film illustrates the trajectory of personal growth and bonding that these first time filmmakers experience, during a journey of which the line between ability and disability gets blurred, definitions of “normalcy” and “inspiration” challenged. THE ABILITY EXCHANGE invites the viewer to reflect on what it takes to understand and appreciate a person, a community, a culture, and how this exchange of abilities and perspectives empowers lives.
The film had its NYC hometown presentation at 2016 Bushwick Film Festival and has won "Best Feature Documentary" at 2016 DC Reel Independent Film Extravaganza, "Audience Favorite" Award at Ellensburg Film Festival, Spotlight Documentary Film Award and Award of Merits from Accolade Global Film Competition.
"an empathy engine"—Indiewire
- Running time
- 75 minutes
- Bing Wang ... Director, Producer, Writer, Editor, Cinematographer
- United States
- Years of Production
- New York, NY
- Release year
- 2016 Bushwick Film Festival, 2016 Kansas International Film Festival , 2016 Louisville International Film Festival, 2016 Newark International Film Festival
- Indiewire's "Project of the Month", Ellensburg Film Festival - Best Feature/Audience Favorite, Reel Independent Film Extravaganza - Best Feature Documentary
- English SDH
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