US and Russian Filmmakers With Disabilities Collaborate in New Documentary

While tensions between the US and Russia continue to heat up, one group of filmmakers has found a way to strengthen ties between the two countries through a common bond: their disabilities. A new film premiering tonight in New York follows the Media Enabled Musketeers, American and Russian filmmakers with disabilities, as they make original films to tell their stories. “All For One” tells the story of 35 Russians and 13 Americans who collaborated to create films about everyday issues to empower themselves, educate the public and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities. These include films about accessibility, finding love, confronting prejudice and following dreams. For more we speak with Jon Alpert, co-founder of Downtown Community Television Center, or DCTV, the country’s oldest community media center. He is the co-director of the Media Enabled Musketeers project. We also speak with Jon Novick and Ben Rosloff, filmmakers with Media Enabled Musketeers.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman.

While tensions between the US and Russia continue to heat up, one group of filmmakers has found a way to strengthen ties between the two countries through a common bond, their disabilities. A new film premiering tonight in New York follows the Media Enabled Musketeers, American and Russian filmmakers with disabilities, as they make original films to tell their stories. This is a clip from the documentary All For One: Media Enabled Musketeers.

JON NOVICK: For a long time, media has forgotten about people with disabilities or stereotyped us, which is why we started the Media Enabled Musketeers. We have taught and equipped individuals with disabilities how to tell stories about their lives. “Media Enabled Musketeers: All for One, and One for All,” or in Cyrillic, [laugh] — and now, we are going to Russia. We’re going to show our films. We’re going to make films. We’re going to meet our Russian…

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