Miroir de mon Ã¢me| 26mins
Director: Deza Nguembock | Producer: E&H LAB
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: Finland
In response to the question, What does handicapped mean?, answers are numerous and vary not only from one person to another but from one society to another and, moreover, from one period of time to another. For many centuries, the word "handicap" was associated with notions such as inferiority, incompetence, and abnormality. Definitions nowadays are no less unspecified and ambiguous, but one can notice a certain form of evolution in the way society interacts with disabled people.
Defining handicap in other ways proves that society is willing to deal with this issue, which, despite the collective awareness, always engenders some discomfort and fear. If the body of a handicapped person is a taboo body, her or his image is consequently nonexistent in this society, where the worship of the perfect body holds sway and where deviations from the norm disturb us. Her or his whole universe keeps being intimately tied to the question of health and accessibilityâ€”and never to the questions of love or beauty.
What's the best way to end this? In other words, what should we do to help societyâ€”including disabled people themselvesâ€”to stop looking at a person with disability just as a broken body?