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Ordinary Extraordinary Activism: Student-led filmmaking in disability studies

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In this article, we, as disability studies educators in Toronto, Canada, reflect on our interpretations of a student group's call to 'people' disability culture. This request tasked us with mapping disability culture in Canada, and representing it through the arts-based approach of new disability documentary. We produced five student-directed films, Ordinary Extraordinary Activism, that bridge theory with lived experience by profiling activists whose lives involve participating in disability culture. Here, we describe how our work supported and transcended the affirmative model by drawing on intersectionality and Disability Justice. We critically consider the aesthetic and representational tensions of producing films under crip time. Through this writing, we reflect on the three-year process of filmmaking as a gesture of online pedagogy and analyse three out of five films.
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Keywords: Disability Justice; crip time; disability culture; disability representation; intersectionality; new disability documentary

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 0000000419369131 0000000419369422 University of Regina and Ryerson University, Canada 2: 0000000419369422 0000000122175707 Ryerson University and George Brown College, Canada

Publication date: March 1, 2020

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  • The International Journal of Education through Art is an English language journal that promotes relationships between art and education. The term 'art education' should be taken to include art, craft and design education. Each issue, published three times a year within a single volume, consists of peer-reviewed articles mainly in the form of research reports and critical essays, but may also include exhibition reviews and image-text features.

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