Nova Scotia

Bluenose-Ability Film Festival on now in Halifax

A non-profit group that supports Nova Scotians with disabilities presents a film festival as part of its 15th anniversary.

1st disability film festival is one of 15 events offered in Nova Scotia by reachAbility

The film Scars of Shame was shown at the first Bluenose-Ability Film Festival in Halifax on Dec. 3, 2015.

The first Bluenose-Ability Film Festival is running in Halifax until Saturday night, showcasing films from around the world that deal with disability issues or culture. 

The three-day festival, also called BAFF, was founded by ReachAbility, the non-profit that supports Nova Scotians with disabilities. 

"This year is reachAbility's fifteenth anniversary, and I wanted to offer 15 events for free to our community," says Tova Sherman, the group's CEO and co-founder. "BAFF is one of those events." 

The festival received approximately 2,000 submissions of short films from all over the world, but only four from Nova Scotia. 

"We want to get Atlantic Canada to open up," said Jana Henderson, the BAFF festival co-ordinator. "The lack of submissions from this part of the world, we think, speaks to the stigma that still exists towards disabilities here." 

Henderson says the common thread between many of the films being screened is a sense that their creators aren't defined by their disability.

"As one of our filmmakers says: 'My wheelchair is just my transportation. It isn't who I am.'"


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