Posted by: Tim Standaert, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer
Murderball. This is perhaps the most intriguing movie title I have run across in a long time, though you might be surprised at the content of this particular flick.
The documentary followed the trials and tribulations of the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Rugby Team, who are in cutthroat competition with their archrivals, the Canadian National Team. These are not shy, retiring wallflowers, but aggressive and skilled athletes who do want to “murder” their opponents. I showed the film to a small group of students and university instructors on December 10th at the U.S. Embassy’s weekly movie night at the American Library at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. We chose to show the critically acclaimed Murderball as part of our activities in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The United Nations designated December 3rd as International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1981 to promote respect for the rights of persons with disabilities, increase our understanding of disabilities and encourage inclusion of persons with disabilities, emphasizing the political, economic and social gains to be made through such inclusiveness. (more…)