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CNR to Host Screenings as Part of JCC Manhattan ReelAbilities Film Festival
February 21, 2016

The College of New Rochelle will partner with prestigious venues throughout the New York metropolitan area in hosting the eighth annual ReelAbilities Film Festival on March 10-16, 2016. Initiated by JCC Manhattan in 2007, ReelAbilities is the largest festival in the country dedicated to presenting award-winning films made by and about people with different disabilities. Through film, ReelAbilities brings people together to celebrate diversity and inclusion by engaging film lovers and audiences from all walks of life. In addition to a wide variety of award-winning films from across the globe, the ReelAbilities experience includes post-screening discussions, author talks, performances, exhibitions and other special events.

Voice of the Voiceless and Welcome to the Last Bookstore will be screened at CNR on Friday, March 11, at 12:30 p.m. in Romita Auditorium. Voice of the Voiceless is a silent film that follows a teenager with hearing impairment who is lured from Central America to New York City under a false promise. Welcome to the Last Bookstore showcases a day in the life of a bookstore owner who is also a father, husband, small business owner, and paraplegic. Maximon Monihan, director of Voice of the Voiceless, will join viewers for a discussion after the screening.

On Tuesday, March 15, the films Do You Dream in Color? and Bumblebees will be screened at 4:30 p.m. in Romita Auditorium. Do You Dream in Color? tells the coming-of-age story of four teens who navigate the growing pains of high school while dealing with the challenges of blindness. In Bumblebees, a young man who was told he would never walk or talk faces a new challenge: dating. Jenna Kanell, director of Bumblebees, and Abigail Fuller, director of Do You Dream in Color? will be on hand for a post-screening discussion.

In the context of our Ursuline mission to be responsible citizens, uphold social justice, and serve the myriad needs of communities, we are so pleased to share these powerful stories, said Dr. Ruth Zealand, professor of education.

All films are free of charge and open to the public. The films shown at CNR are captioned or subtitled (unless otherwise noted), and the event is wheelchair accessible. Audio description, ASL interpretation, CART, and information in Braille are available with at least two weeks advance request.

"At a time when diversity and inclusion is lacking on our screens, we put disabilities in the forefront with hopes that this will bring the New York community to further recognize the country's largest minority," said Isaac Zablocki, director and co-founder of the festival. Ravit Turjeman, festival co-director, added, "We were overwhelmed by a record-breaking number of submissions. These amazing films are being made and need to be seen more."
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