August 31, 2011

Powerful Documentary Chronicles the History of America's Disability Rights Movement


LIVES WORTH LIVING PREMIERES ON THE PBS SERIES INDEPENDENT LENS ON

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011 AT 10 PM

 Powerful Documentary Chronicles the History of America's Disability Rights Movement

 (San Francisco, CA) - While there are close to 50 million Americans living with disabilities, Lives Worth Living is the first television history of their decades-long struggle for equal rights. Produced and directed by Eric Neudel, Lives Worth Living is a window into a world inhabited by people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like everyone else, andalook back into a past when millions of Americans lived without access to schools, apartment buildings, and publictransportation - a way of life unimaginable today. Lives Worth Living premieres on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS seriesIndependent Lens, on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10 PM (check local listings).

 Lives Worth Living traces the development of the disability rights movement from its beginning following World War II, when thousands of disabled veterans returned home, through its burgeoning in the 1960s and 1970s, when it began to adopt the tactics of other social movements. Told through interviews with the movement's pioneers, legislators, and others, Lives Worth Living explores how Americans with a wide variety of disabilities - including the blind, deaf, mentally, and physically challenged - banded together to change public perception and policy. Through demonstrations and legislative battles, the disability rights community finally secured equal civil rights with the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the most transformative pieces of civil rights legislation in American history.

 To learn more about the film, and the issues involved, visit the film's companion website at www.pbs.org/independentlens/. Get detailed information on the film, watch preview clips, read an interview with the filmmaker, and explore the subject in depth with links and resources. The site also features a Talkback section, where viewers can share their ideas and opinions.