Thursday, March 22, 2012

Murderball

If you've never seen Murderball, do.

It's the USA Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby squad's drive for gold at the 2004 Paralympic games.   More than that, it's an excellent example about how to make a movie about disability and focus on the subjects as individuals and their disabilities as part of their experience rather than what defines them.

These young men are athletes first and para/quadriplegics second (or third/forth/fifth...).  This film provides excellent insight into their experience and the impact of their injury on their lives without the "inspirational" light usually reserved for movies about individuals with disabilities.  It also touches on the issues of responsibility, friendship, and sexuality, and then with the coyness a rugby player can provide. 

You'll find the entire film embedded below (caution for language and adult topics) or it can be purchased via Amazon.com .









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