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During this session, Dr Ngozi Marion Emmanuel discusses a toolkit she created to support positive portrayals of disability in film. Films have been recognised as an important media for shaping disability identity and disability pride. However, research has shown that films often fall short in their portrayal of disabilities and disabled people. To attain representational justice in films for disabled people, ESRC/IAA at Leicester funded two workshops in 2021 and 2023 that brought together disabled people, filmmakers, academics and other disability allies to co-produce a toolkit for representing disabilities in films. This toolkit spells out what disabled people want filmic portrayal of disabilities to be. In this workshop, Dr Emmanuel highlights some of the important points raised in the toolkit.

Like all the YDAR online sessions, this event is free and will be delivered via Zoom (closed captions are provided).

Date and time: Thursday 24 August, 2023 at 3:00-4:30pm EAT (1:00-2:30pm London; 8:00-9:30am Washington, D.C.)

Registration: click on this link and fill in the Eventbrite form and receive the Zoom link for the event.


Dr Ngozi Marion Emmanuel has recently completed a PhD in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. She is a disability studies researcher and crusader for disability pride. Her works focus on disability representation in the media and identifying disability hate crimes against disabled people of ethnic minority groups. Dr Emmanuel has held workshops with people with disabilities, academics and filmmakers who make films on disabilities. These workshops have produced a toolkit for representing disabilities in films which has been adapted by some filmmakers in countries of the global south such as Nigeria.

This online event will be introduced by Dr Catalin Brylla, one of the YDAR Network co-organizers. Catalin is a Principal Lecturer in Film and Television at Bournemouth University, UK.