The ReelAbilities Film Festival promotes awareness and appreciation of people with disabilities through award-winning films. Movies include “Anita,” a story of a young woman with Down syndrome who gets separated from her mother; “Aphasia,” where actor Carl McIntyre loses his ability to read, write and speak after suffering a massive stroke; “Musical Chairs,” a romantic tale about two New Yorkers and their love of ballroom dancing when a tragic accident changes their lives; “Princess,” the true-life story of Anna Lappalainen, who spent 50 years as a patient at a psychiatric hospital, where she claimed to be a princess; and “Wretches & Jabberers,” featuring two autistic men on a global quest to change attitudes about autism and intelligence. Each film is followed by discussions with community members. The ReelAbilities Film Festival takes place April 8-14 at various locations, including the Weinstein JCC, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia Repertory Theatre and Virginia Commonwealth University’s MCV Center. $8-$10 per film, $32-$36 for all films. See richmond.reelabilities.org for the full schedule.
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