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In celebration of Disability Awareness Month in October, the UCSF Disability Access and Inclusion Office is proud to host a virtual screening of the Superfest Disability Film Festival. Films will explore the intersections of disability identity, health equity in times of pandemics and climate change, and ableism in the healthcare system. After the screening, a panel of leaders in the disability community will share their reactions to the films and how they resonate with the panelists’ personal experiences.

Hosted by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, the Superfest Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. For more than 30 years, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed, and engaging lens.

Accessibility: All films will play with audio description and captioning. CART real-time captioning will also be provided. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Cecile Puretz by emailing or by calling 415-806-7391 as soon as possible.


Films (in order of presentation):

The Right to be Rescued (15 Minutes): The Right to Be Rescued is a short documentary about the impact of natural disasters on people with disabilities. This documentary tells the story of those disabled people left behind in Hurricane Katrina and what New Orleans and other cities are doing to make sure it never happens again.

Who am I to Stop It: Dani’s Story (30 Minutes) This semi-observational documentary explores isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury. Through cinéma vérité, the film follows Dani Sanderson, a poet and beat boxer, as she navigates autonomy, relationships, and questions of family, queer sexuality, and faith.

Gaelynn Lea: The Songs We Sing (11 Minutes) Minnesota violinist and disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea travels the upper Midwest on tour, experiencing the ups and downs of the road while hustling hard to make it as a performer and artist.


Germán Parodi (he/​él) is the Co-Executive Director of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. German is originally from Puerto Rico where the seeds of inclusive disaster strategies were planted while he was growing up in the 80’s and 90’s as hurricanes and disaster preparedness were a way of life. For nearly 15 years now, Germán has devoted his life so that all persons with disabilities have the services, supports, and access to choose how and where to live. Germán is a community organizer, disability rights activist, systems advocate, and a leader in the disability rights movement.

Shaylin Sluzalis (she/her) is the Co-Executive Director of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. Shaylin Sluzalis is one of the nation’s youngest Executive Directors starting at age 24 and is a young leader in disability rights. Shaylin grew up in rural Pennsylvania and now lives in Philadelphia, and is a life-long disability rights advocate, born and raised by the Independent Living movement. Shaylin has invisible disabilities, but she identifies most as being Brittani’s sister who lives with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Growing up equally alongside her sister led Shaylin to the path of disability rights advocacy starting from inside her home, seeing life through Brittani’s lens, and advocating with her for her equal inclusion and opportunities in all aspects of life.

Sky Cubacub (They/Them/Xey/Xem/Xyr) is a non-binary xenogender and disabled Filipinx queer from Chicago, IL. They are the creator of Rebirth Garments, a line of wearables for trans, queer and disabled people of all sizes and ages, which started in summer 2014. Sky is the editor of the Radical Visibility Zine, a full color cut and paste style zine that celebrates disabled queer life, with an emphasis on joy. As a multidisciplinary artist, Sky is interested in fulfilling the needs for disabled queer life, with an emphasis on joy.

Cheryl Green, MFA, MS is an independent Access Artist with a focus as a captioner, audio describer, and multi-media digital artist. She’s a 2017 AIR New Voices Scholar, 2020 DOC NYC Documentary New Leader, Digital Operations Lead and a Member-Owner at New Day Films, and a member of the Social Audio Description collective. She brings her lived experience with multiple invisible disabilities to creating media that explores politically and culturally engaged stories from cross-disability communities. Her audio and written blog, transcribed podcast, and documentary films are at

Vance Taylor is Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. As Chief of the OAFN, Vance is responsible for ensuring the needs of individuals with disabilities and persons with access and functional needs are identified before, during and after a disaster and then integrated within the state’s emergency management systems. Vance is a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for individuals with disabilities.  He has a Master’s degree in homeland security from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in communications.

Organizers & Sponsors: Support for this event was provided by The Office of Diversity and Outreach (ODO). Additional partnership support provided by the Committee on Disability Inclusion and the Disability Advocacy and Support Alliance (DASA), an open group for all UCSF students with disabilities and chronic illnesses, as well as their allies.

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