At an evening time during the week of May 21-28 (approx), on most PBS
stations, an extraordinary, award-winning documentary will be shown: "When
Billy Broke His Head... and Other Tales of Wonder," is a 53-minute
documentary by former NPR documentarist Billy Golfus of Minneapolis. In the
Boston area, the film airs on WGBX-TV, Ch44 on Sunday, May 28, at 6pm.
"When Billy Broke His Head" won top honors at Sundance 1994.
It is a provocative and entertaining account of the director's attempts to
return to a career as documentarist after being disabled in an accident.
Along the way, Golfus goes on-the-road to visit several leaders (as well as a
few brilliant civilians) from the disability community. He illustrates his
situation, and theirs, in scenes which are always revealing and often
"When Billy Broke His Head" offers the rarest opportunity: to bridge
the chasm between two intimately adjacent worlds. Your disabled friends and
relations will be thrilled and validated by Golfus' vision. Your shy,
alienated, non-disabled friends and relations will be irresistibly drawn in
to this very accessible and entertaining story -- and, all will learn more in
an hour about the paradoxes of the American way of caring than they probably
have learned up to this point from a lifetime of daily citizenship.
This simple, sophisticated, thoroughly enjoyable film has been called
"sheer magic," because it "excites, stirs, and illuminates experiences that
we ordinarily hold at arm's length."
This post is not a paid promotion, but a spontaneous endorsement by a
group of very delighted recent viewers of the best disability film yet.
Jean Jameson, Ray Ishigata, Byron Brown, Bet MacArthur, Scott
Stevenson Arts Analysis Institute Cambridge MA c/o
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