Disability Awareness Month is recognized across the U.S. in October, prompting Indiewire’s latest curated selections for Hulu’s Documentaries page – a diverse selection of films highlighting engaging subjects living with a wide spectrum of disabilities, both physical and developmental. Watch these and other docs now for free!
Jason McAfee’s “Charlie Don’t Surf” follows three men in wheelchairs to Costa Rica to learn to surf.
Neither physical nor emotional limitations are enough to stop the wounded veterans, or their blind guide, Erik Weihenmayer, from attempting to climb a Himalayan mountain in Michael Brown’s “High Ground.”
Weihenmayer also leads a group of six blind Tibetan teenagers up a Mount Everest peak in Lucy Walker’s acclaimed “Blindsight.”
Ami, a man immobilized by Muscular Dystrophy, takes a road trip to find the doctor who told his parents he’d die as a child in Dani Menkin’s “39 Pounds of Love.”
“Up Syndrome” profiles director Duane Graves’ childhood friend, Rene, a young man with Down Syndrome, as he graduates from high school and enters adult life.
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Controversies around autism, and how, or if, it falls under the designation of a disability, are addressed in Todd Drezner’s “Loving Lampposts,” while Michael Orion Scott’s “The Horse Boy” shows the lengths one family takes to cope with their son’s severe autism.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Indiewire @ Hulu Docs” is a regular column spotlighting the Iw-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).