Documentary filmmaker and activist shares her lived experience of disability

Bonnie Sherr Klein is a documentary filmmaker and long-time activist in the feminist and disability movements. In this lecture at UBC Law (the 2014 Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice) she shares her lived experience of disability as documented in her journal entries and film. She points out that disability inevitably touches us all, and proposes that human rights for people living with disabilities is not `merely’ a justice issue but an opportunity for all of us to be our most human.

In 1981, Klein made what is probably her best-known film, the anti-pornography documentary Not a Love Story. It went on to become one of the most popular and commercially successful films the National Film Board ever made. In 2004, Klein shot a production about disability and art for the NFB. Shameless: The ART of Disability was released in 2006.