Welcome to the Free Our People Film Contest. Our contest was not only developed as a way to get more disabled people involved in making films, but also as a means of educating the world on the concept of institutional bias. Disabled people do best when they have the opportunity to live, interact, and engage with their own communities. Unfortunately, over 1 million people live in nursing homes and other institutional settings across the United States. By educating people, we hope to encourage them to support legislation like the Disability Integration Act, DIA, and help us FREE OUR PEOPLE!
The Free Our People Film Contest that was held in March of 2017 was a program developed by the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, New York. The contest looked for innovative and creative stories that explore the idea of why disabled people need to be living within their communities, and not in nursing homes. It specifically addresses the institutional bias that keeps many trapped in nursing homes. A diverse group of disabled peers judged each film and determined three winners.
1st Place Winner: In my Home by Cheryl Green
In My Home is a short hybrid documentary exploring home, color, movement, confinement, rules, and freedom. The film talks to disabled people about why they deserve to live in the community, and the problems with being institutionalized.
2nd Place Winner: Crip(perelli) Life: Home is Where the Hat is by Virginia and Emily Munson
Crip(perelli) Life: Home is Where the Hat is uses humor and mob movie metaphors to depict the problems with institutional bias. The “Cripperelli family must take action when one of the family is institutionalized, so they work to break him out.
3rd Place Winner: The View From Outside by Sarah Mathis
The View From Outside uses two different scenarios, one documentary style, to show the difference between living in the community. In the first, Christopher, a person with multiple disability is imagined being institutionalized and is considered barely a person. In the second Christopher is allowed to live his life with his family, in the community.
The Free Our People Film Contest program would not be made possible without our sponsors supporting our mission in educating the community and helping to FREE OUR PEOPLE.