SSMF 2022: “Pause”
Moderated by Rabani Garg, University of Pennsylvania
Saturday, March 26, 1:30 PM — 2:45 PM Eastern
Disability and the Pandemic: A Community Media Project
Kelly C. George
Disability and the Pandemic is a collaboration with community media and disability advocates in the Greater Philadelphia area to collect and publish stories of living with disability during a pandemic. Between January and June 2021, we collected 16 interviews from participants. Some lost friends or loved ones. Others experienced illness, homelessness, unemployment, or the loss of vital services. All described rich stories of coping, community, family, and finding meaning. Our community media partners worked with these interviews to publish 9 articles, most by writers who self-identify as disabled. Audio clips, photos, and full transcripts are available at the linked website.
Shifting into Slowness
What does it mean to shift your art practice from one fuelled by the demands of fast paced social media platforms, to one that makes space for a pause? What does it mean to suddenly see the rest of the world discussing a pause, when disabled people have been practising, experiencing and sharing it for many decades now? What are the ways slowness and care intertwine with each other? Through their illustrative work in the last few years, Sonaksha has been sitting with and visually exploring these questions and messages. Their illustrations use a combination of texture, typography, soft and vivid hues and diverse genders and body-minds to create a world grounded in slowness, gentleness and community care.
Front Line is an 8-minute documentary that profiles the historic nursing strike at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. At the center of the strike is the concern about staffing, specifically the high nurse-to-patient ratio that nurses argue makes it difficult to provide adequate care for patients. According to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the union representing the nurses, negotiations with Tenet Healthcare—the Dallas-based, investor-owned healthcare corporation that owns St. Vincent—have failed to address the staffing issue. This documentary examines the strike from the perspectives of nurses.
I’m the Boss
E. Gabriel Dattatreyan
Goldsmiths, University of London
I’m the Boss is a short film that documents groups of young men who pass their time making TikTok and Reels videos in Delhi, the capital city of India. The film, which moves between an observational realist mode and the hyper-performed TikTok videos of the young men the film documents, offers a reading of gender performance in Delhi’s TikTok hotspots – places in Delhi that have become visible and desirable as a result of on-location shoots by influencers.