Mongolian Archers + The Red Pill
Mongolian Archers is about the story of Mongolia's Olympic archers, the artisans who make their tools, and the Buddhist calm that helps them stay on target. Heart-warming and deeply inspiring, The Red Pill tracks the history of disability sports through Anjali’s personal journey. Post Discussion with speaker April Coughlin.
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2011, Mongolia, Lucy Walker, 14 min.
It is said that from age 8 through 80, everybody in Mongolia shoots. Archery is in their blood, the legacy of Genghis Khan who conquered half the world with bows and arrows. This is the story of Mongolia's Olympic archers, the artisans who make their tools, and the Buddhist calm that helps them stay on target. Filmed against the stunning backdrop of a Mongolian winter.
The Red Pill
2011, Illinois USA, Lucy Walker, 16 min.
Illinois-based Paralympian Anjali Forber-Pratt was adopted from India as an infant and became paralyzed shortly after arriving in the US. Despite daunting obstacles - told by teachers she couldn't go to college, having to sue her school district - Anjali is now a PhD graduate and world record holder in 200m wheelchair racing. And she says if she could do it all over, she'd pick being disabled.
About the Speaker
April Coughlin is an educator and disability advocate. She has been a wheeler for 28 years. April taught NYC public high school for six years and is currently pursuing a PhD in Inclusive Education with a focus on Disability Studies at Syracuse University. She mentors spinal cord injured individuals and provides support and guidance post injury. Her doctoral studies are focused on access, equality and inclusion for students with disabilities.