Along with our introduction to Cheryl Green, we were introduced to Brandon, Dani, and Kris in Who am I To Stop It.
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Who Am I To Stop It is a documentary about the traumatic brain injury community made by a filmmaker with disabilities from brain injury. It follows three artists as they navigate social isolation, stigma, and rebuilding their identities. They practice the arts to re-connect to their own sense of self-pride and to their larger communities. Rather than emphasize the injuries themselves or highlight medical aspects of disability, we explore consequences of institutional and internalized ableism. Through visual arts, music, and personal narrative, the subjects explore questions around poverty, sexuality, faith, family, success, and community. Who Am I To Stop It deftly uncovers what lies beneath the surface for so many peers with brain injury and their communities.
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Three everyday people with traumatic brain injury disabilities use arts to reconnect to a sense of identity, self-pride, and community and to assert their agency and autonomy. This documentary centers the artists’ narratives, creating complex portraits that go beyond the medical aspects of brain injury that typically dominate educational media on the topic. This film contains mature themes and adult language.Request Access
Brandon's path to becoming a Worship Leader is interrupted by a near-fatal car wreck. After failing out of Bible College because of his brain injury disabilities, his quest to redefine his life begins by playing music at the local Center for Independent Living, storytelling at his congregation, and regaining life skills during his time in a structured living facility. After several years, he has a sudden turn in both his living situation and his spiritual faith.Request Access
After a near-fatal car crash at 16, Dani loses friends and attempts suicide multiple times. She comes out as lesbian and grapples with sexuality and religion within her Christian family. After seven years in high school, she graduates with low marks and fears that she has no possibility of attending college. Dani uses rap and poetry to assert her agency, describing her disappointment with a life colored by trauma, pain, and disability, and celebrating her survival. In the film, she gives her first public performances since her injury and finds the connection to herself and her community that she so cravesRequest Access
Kris Haas, a massively prolific painter, has been hospitalized for Major Depression Disorder and has sustained a TBI. She now faces isolation, poverty, and sensory overload. She must balance her need for comfort and safety with her desire to leave her apartment and rejoin the world.Request Access