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Screenings of Deviant Lives

Organisers of Disability Pride Week 2017, which runs from 30 November to 5 December, are seeking someone in each major town to be the lead person to organise screenings of Deviant Lives. 

The person will need to book a theatre and promote the screening as part of Disability Pride Week. Please contact Rachel Noble at if you are able to assist.

Deviant Lives  will be shown in Wellington on 1 and 2 December at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. 

Erin Gough was fortunate to see the film in New York. This is what she says about it.

Generations of disability rights campaigners

“As a young disabled woman, the film gave me an appreciation for the generations of disability rights campaigners before me and motivated me to keep doing my bit to help make even more progress. A very powerful and captivating story.”

Defiant Lives tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia. The film is made up of a series of interviews and archival footage with activists who have led the movement over the past five decades. It showcases the shift from people being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives – often through protest.

The film is a must-see for anyone with an interest in the disability rights movement. It paints a comprehensive picture of how far the movement has come and how far we have to go.

While New Zealand isn’t featured directly in the film, there are many parallels on which to reflect given our own history of institutionalisation and groups of strong activists who have fought – and continue to fight – to create a world where everyone is valued and can participate fully.



Screenings of Deviant Lives

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