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Against the odds! Cinema & Disabilities

September 23, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm BST

Against the Odds

Two talented Latin-American directors from Colombia and Perú present their latest films in Wiltshire.

They follow the stories of people who have succeeded, despite their motor disabilities, in achieving their goals against all odds!

Juan’s Claws (Las garras de Juan)

Director: Alejandra Jiménez, UK/Colombia, 2016, 22 mins, U, F-Rated

(in Spanish with English subtitles)

Juan’s Claws is a short documentary about the determination of a man, a friend, and his battle with an inherited disease -Friedreich’s Ataxia – that debilitates all muscles in the body.

Working in between the genre of observational documentary and personal cinema, it follows Juan’s journey to the middle of the jungle along the Don Diego River in the Sierra Nevada, Santa Marta – Colombia, his dream for his fortieth birthday celebration. He wanted to revisit his brother small hut hidden in an isolated area of the region and ride unaided along the small trails in his all-terrain wheelchair. Were his expectations fulfilled?


Rolling Strong (Rodar contra todo)

Director: Marianela Vega Oroza, Perú, 2016, 74 mins, U, F-Rated

(in Spanish with English subtitles)

Rolling Strong is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of the first wheelchair rugby team in Perú. They are a group of men and women from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds who got together in 2012 to play a new sport of which they knew little about. The film follows them for two years, showing their process of coming together as a team, the excitement of their first international tournaments and the goals, dreams and motivations that guide their everyday struggle on and off the court.

Alejandra Jiménez will be answering questions after the screening in Trowbridge and Marianela Vega via Skype from Perú.


September 23, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge
Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street
Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ United Kingdom
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