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No Distinguishing Features

People with disabilities are given a roadmap for their life from birth. These six people tore theirs to shreds.

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Impact areas

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Kevin Roberts

  • PRODUCER Hamish Ludbrook

Synopsis

DURATION: 81 MINUTES

No Distinguishing Features follows the stories of six people living with disabilities from across Australia and New Zealand. Six people who were given a strict roadmap for their life the moment they were born. Six people who went on to tear that roadmap to shreds.

From a young Paralympian’s journey to achieve his childhood dream, to a mother fighting for her intellectually disabled son’s right to a fair wage; these people share their lives with honesty, humour and heartbreak.

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  • $60,000.00

    FUNDING GOAL
  • $30,000.00

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  • January 2020

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Our film is based on a simple idea; to create a platform for people living with disabilities to relay their stories with all the humour and heartbreak of everyday life.

People with disabilities are rarely given a voice in the community and have strict limitations placed on the scope of their lives. This results in a range of systematic issues; from institutionalisation to exploitative employment.

By empowering them to tell their stories in their own way we aim to educate the wider community about some of the issues these people face daily.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

The key aim for No Distinguishing Features is to spread community awareness and incite cultural change. Meeting the extraordinary people who have agreed to take part in this project has changed the filmmakers' lives and we believe this film will have a similar effect on all those that see it.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

By giving a profile to the voices of people with disabilities we hope to contribute to awareness growth and attitude shifts in our communities.

Long term we hope to see the systematic issues our interview subjects face brought down. The interviewees show that people with disabilities should be encouraged and assisted to live the lives they aspire to, rather than being marginalised by a blinkered society.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have a wide range of supporters throughout the country, including some of the peak disability bodies like Cerebral Palsy Alliance. We've also been consulting closely with our interview subjects throughout the filmmaking process to ensure we achieve our goal of keeping these stories true to the interviewees experiences.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We aim to encourage our audience to question the way people with disabilities are treated in our society. The goal of the film is to encourage them to push back in whatever way is most accessible to them; be it treating their neighbour with a disability with more support or changing their company's employment policies.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Achieving broad goals is always difficult to measure. But, for our team, if even a few children with disabilities are inspired by role models they can relate to from watching this film, that's mission accomplished. We will also liase with our collaborators within the disability community to measure how successful our approach has been.

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