Sarah Barton is a Film Maker, Activist and has been involved in creating documentaries and shows with Disabilities in mind. Starting after Film School and with much success, Sarah has released her latest project, Defiant Lives. A documentary on decades of Disability Activists. Bringing awareness to the fight for rights, dignity and a focus on society being the problem rather than the disability.
Defiant Lives introduces the world to the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of and tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia.
Featuring exclusive interviews with elders (some now deceased) who’ve led the movement over the past five decades, the film weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with the often-confronting personal stories of disabled men and women as they moved from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives. Once freed from their imprisonment, disabled men and women took on the big charities, criticizing the use of celebrities to beg on their behalf. They chained themselves to public transport around the world and demanded access “to boldly go where everyone else has gone before”; and they lobbied for support to live ordinary lives in the community with family, lovers and friends.
Defiant Lives is a triumphant film full of extraordinary characters who put their lives on the line to create a better and very different world where everyone regardless of impairment is valued and can participate.
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Background music provided by Stephen Letnes, founder of Able Artist Foundation, AAF.