The organizers will screen over 30 movies that have gained international recognition for their sensitive portrayal of disability. As a maiden initiative, the fest also hosts 'Sixty Seconds to Fame," a one-minute film competition to encourage creative and inspired thinking on the theme of disability.
Actress Tabu was another notable participant, who said that filmmakers should be more sensitive while portraying disability as movies are an effective tool to change people"s perspective. U.S. Consul-General, South India, Andrew T. Simkin said the divide between the common man and persons with disabilities must vanish and the world must grow more inclusive and disabled-friendly.
Calling it a non-competitive festival, festival chairperson Jayshree Raveendran said that it was not to judge talent but an attempt to accept people as they are. The films will be screened from 10 a.m. at Sathyam Cinemas till October 15.
Legendary music director A R Rahman has said that films can make a positive difference in the society. Inaugurating the four-day international film festival, Ability Fest 2009, on Monday, the musician said that such festivals would make a huge difference in the way the public view disability.