I really wanted to see the movie. Waited for it with anticipation. As such I read much about the movie.
Yet no one warned me.
The movie begins with a scene that has a baby being held over a precipice being judged. Meeting a standard, the baby lives. But one view, from below, shows the skulls and bones of babies that were dropped, destroyed because of disability or difference. The image was chilling but 'fair enough' this was a historical fact. Many cultures - like our own - eliminate the difference as efficiently as they can. Ours uses science and genes, others used cliffs and rocks below.
But the film goes on from there to become the most disphobic film I have ever seen. Images of disability are paired (like they were in The Passion) with evil, with treachery, with lust. Never for a second are we allowed for feel any compassion for those with differences - they are there to provoke disgust. There is a message, one of the disabled who escaped their fate of death because of parental love is the villian of the piece. The whisper 'he should have died, he should have died' is subliminal but is there.
The movie is disturbing enough. But more disturbing is that not a single review I've read has mentioned the disability-baiting aspect of the film. There seems to be no compulsion to hold film makers accountable for their images, for their messages about 'death to the disabled'.
The black community, the gay community, both have come together to give out awards to film makers who give positive representation of each minority. Why don't we follow suit? Why is there not a media watch dog for disability - to alert us to negative images and to laud those with positive images.
How do we begin one?
Who could host such a project?
Could it be part of one of the disability film festivals?
I don't know, do you?