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Bright Lights Film Series: ‘Code of the Freaks’
October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Using hundreds of clips spanning over 100 years of moviemaking, and a cast of disabled artists, scholars, and activists, Code of the Freaks is a scorching critique of some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters. This revelatory documentary investigates the power of movie imagery to shape the beliefs and behaviors of the general public toward people with disabilities, and of people with disabilities toward themselves. Drawing its title from a line from Tod Browning’s notorious 1932 film, Freaks, Code of the Freaks debunks well-worn tropes — the miracle cure, the blind guy driving a car, the magical little people, the face-feelers, the sexless, the better off dead — and brings an entirely fresh perspective.
Directed by Salome Chasnoff; documentary; English; 68 minutes, USA, 2020. A conversation with producers Susan Nussbaum and Carrie Sandahl to follow. W, D, SJ
Co-presented with ReelAbilities Boston, Boston Jewish Film, and the Boston Women’s Film Festival
Films and discussions are screened via Cinesend. See How to Access Screenings to attend.