Rooted in Rights Film Festival at Seattle’s Town Hall

May 7, 2019


Tuesday, May 7th @ 7.30pm



Town Hall – 1119 8th Ave, Seattle


The second annual Rooted in Rights Film Festival premieres at Seattle’s Town Hall on May 7, 2019. After the screenings, Disability Rights Washington’s film festival director Anna Zivarts joins a panel of storytellers for an interactive discussion on representation, accessibility, and the process of scripting, directing, and filming disability advocacy videos.

This one-of-a kind film festival creates a space for people with disabilities to share authentic stories and empowers filmmakers to change public perception, culture and policy. The Rooted in Rights’ “Storytellers” series builds upon a long history of successful individual and systemic advocacy, coalition-building, storytelling, and leadership training.

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) launched the Rooted in Rights program and corresponding festival in 2015. It has grown to a nationally-recognized video and social media advocacy program dedicated exclusively to disability rights. DRW’s team of disabled filmmakers, storytellers, and activists create fully accessible cross-disability content on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and a website.


About the Rooted in Rights Storytellers

Daisy Wislar (they/them/theirs) is a queer and disability rights activist based in Boston who is passionate about the intersection of sexual rights and disability. While at Bowdoin College they wrote an award-winning thesis titled “‘What’s it like to be a lesbian with a cane?’: A Story and Study of Queer and Disabled Identities.” They previously interned at the Equal Rights Center in Washington, DC, and has also worked at various non-profit organizations specializing in affordable housing, community development, and food insecurity.

Wilbert Johnson is a Rooted in Rights Storyteller from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to working his dream job as a zookeeper at the Audubon Zoo, Wilbert is an advocate for people with disabilities. He was featured by the National Disability Rights Network for National Disability Employment Awareness Month and has shared his employment journey as a person with an intellectual disability through various community presentations.

Paul Tshuma is an author, choirmaster, voice teacher, motivational speaker, and accessibility consultant from Montreal, Canada. He has received the Concordia University’s prestigious O’Brien Medal in recognition of his “ability to exemplify the values of the University within the larger external community”. His other creative accomplishments include co-founding the “United Tribulation Choir” with his brother, Gift, writing and publishing five books (with two books in progress), releasing an album, and creating over 100 compositions. His latest creative endeavor is his documentary, “Breaking Barriers”, which follows Paul as he pursues adaptive sailing for the first time.

About Disability Rights Washington

Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private, non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We provide free advocacy services to people with disabilities. We exist because society and service systems are not always fair or responsive to people with disabilities. We work for change in policies, laws and systems that promote freedom from abuse and neglect, legal rights and responsibilities, adequately funded supports and services, and communities that involve everyone.

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