Superfest Disability Film Festival (Saturday-Berkeley)

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The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

2121 Allston Way

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Welcome to Superfest Disability Film Festival!

Superfest International Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. Since it first debuted in a small Los Angeles showcase in 1970, it has become an eagerly anticipated international event—co-produced by San Francisco's Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

For more than 30 festivals, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible to disabled filmgoers of all kinds.

All films will be presented with captioning and audio-description and all live dialogue will be available with American Sign Language and live captioning. $12 for one Saturday screening, $20 for all-day Saturday pass.

SOLD OUT: Saturday, October 20, 2 p.m.@ The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley

Journey to the Miracle Man

Sweden/Brazil, 2018 (Documentary Feature, 65 minutes)

With as much hope as doubt, Fabian and Lisa travel on a journey that will change their worldview. But is the Miracle Man (John of God) the savior everyone is talking about? And do they need to believe to be healed?

Stopgap in Stop Motion

United Kingdom, 2017 (Animated Short, 5 minutes)

Photographs of performers in a disabled and non-disabled dance company come to life. The individual artists dance out of the photos and across table tops until the whole company meets and performs in unison.

This is Normal

United States, 2014 (Dramatic Short, 19 minutes)

A young deaf woman undergoes an experimental medical procedure that is supposed to "cure" her of her deafness and give her the ability to hear. Despite the controversy, Gwen risks her friends, culture and identity to discover the answer to the question, "Is it worth giving up who you've been for who you could become?"

Kū Kanaka/Stand Tall

United States, 2016 (Documentary Short, 28 minutes)

When 15-year-old Kanalu Young takes a dive into shallow water, he becomes quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. Angry and defiant through months of rehabilitation, he begins to change when he learns the Hawaiian language, and discovers an untold story of Hawaiian history.

Saturday, October 20, 6 p.m.@ The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley

To Know Him

United Kingdom, 2018 (Dramatic Short, 28 minutes)

When a tragic accident leaves Sarah grieving for her deaf partner Rob, she is forced to track down and engage with his estranged hearing father. To lay the man she loves to rest, Sarah must overcome a barrier far greater than language.

Just Go!

Latvia, 2017 (Action Short, 11 minutes)

Inspired by the true story about a young man, Just, who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident. At age 24, he is in love with the girl next door, and through an action-packed series of events, the film proves that looks can be deceiving.

Stim - P.K. Walker Innovation in Craft Award

United States, 2017 (Documentary Short, 7 minutes)

An artistic ode to the practice of stimming, or self-stimulatory behavior, the repetition of physical movements or sounds, or repetitive movement of objects.

Who Am I To Stop It - Disability Justice Award

United States, 2017 (Documentary Short, 30 minutes)

This semi-observational documentary explores isolation, art and transformation after brain injury. Through cinéma vérité, the film follows Dani Sanderson, a poet and beat boxer, as she navigates autonomy, relationships, and questions of family, queer sexuality and faith.

Stumped - Best of Festival, Short

United States, 2017 (Documentary Short, 25 minutes)

Climber Maureen Beck is not here to be your inspiration. She was born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn't stopped her from going hard. “I don’t want to just be a good one-armed climber,” says Maureen. “I want to be a good climber."

Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m.@ the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

Sill Tomorrow - Documentary, Best of Festival, Feature

China, 2016 (1 hour 23 minutes)

Yu Xiuhua is a village woman with cerebral palsy, who became China’s most well-known poet in 2015. Her 20-year-long arranged marriage has become the biggest pain in her life. Through her poems, she contemplates her fate and writes about her body and her desire for true love.

Gaelynn Lea - The Songs We Sing

United States, 2017 (Documentary Short , 11 minutes)

Minnesota violinist and disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea travels the upper Midwest on tour, experiencing the ups and downs of the road while hustling hard to make it as a performer and artist.

Making Waves

Australia, 2017 (Documentary Short, 6 minutes)

Max McAuley is a young, professional dancer with Down Syndrome. In this story, Max is the principal dancer in a choreographed work that is inspired by the watery world of his dreams.


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Where will the event be held?
On Saturday,October 20th Superfest will be held at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way in Berkeley.

On Sunday, October 21st Superfest will be held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in 736 Mission St in San Francisco. You can purchase tickets for Sunday here.

How do I find out what films will be screened at what times?
Our website!

Are there discounted tickets?
We have set aside a limited number of tickets for low-income guests who would like to attend, but cannot afford the ticket price. Email to inquire.

Can I buy tickets at the door?
Superfest sells out every year so we strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the door for both events. Cash only on Saturday.

Will there be food?
There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Is the venue and festival accessible?
Yes! In addition to ample space for wheelchairs; a friendly environment for service animals; and a scent-free environment; films will be audio described and captioned, ensuring a welcoming environment for people of all disabilities. ASL interpreting and live-captioning will be provided. For additional accommodation requests, please contact Emily Beitiks at 415.405.3528.

Is the event family friendly?
Our films are a mix of family friendly and adult content. If you would like help selecting a screening that's best for your family, contact Emily at

Where do I buy tickets for the Sunday event?
Sunday tickets may be purchased on the Contemporary Jewish Museum site here.

How do I get there and where can I park?
The Downtown Berkeley BART station is located just around the block from The Magnes, on Shattuck Avenue between Allston Way and Addison Street.

FROM I-80 (San Francisco and Marin)
Take the University Ave. exit in Berkeley
Turn right on University and continue 0.9 miles
Turn right on Shattuck Ave.
Turn left on Allston Way.

Take Exit 5B, merge onto CA-13 N to Berkeley.
Head down Tunnel Road; continue onto Ashby.
Turn right onto Shattuck; continue for 1 mile.
Take a right onto Allston Way.

Parking is available at Oxford Garage, directly across the street. Enter on 2161 at Kittredge Street between Oxford and Shattuck. There are many other off-campus parking options near The Magnes, listed on this page.

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