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Disability Studies and Spanish CultureFilms, Novels, the Comic and the Public Exhibition$
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Benjamin Fraser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318702

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318702.001.0001

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Filming Down Syndrome

Filming Down Syndrome

(p.1) Chapter 1 Filming Down Syndrome
Disability Studies and Spanish Culture

Benjamin Fraser

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes the representation of disability in two films from a Disability Studies perspective: Yo, también (2009, Antonio Pastor and Álvaro Naharro) and León y Olvido (2004, Xavier Bermúdez). Both films feature characters with disabilities played by actors with Down syndrome Pablo Pineda in Yo, también and Guillem Jiménez in León y Olvido. Despite each film's many successes, contrast between the two hinges on issues of autonomy, inclusion, rights, filmic representation and the notion of Disability Studies as a political project.

Keywords:   Yo también, León y Olvido, filmic representation, Down syndrome, autonomy, Disability Studies, inclusion, political project, Pablo Pineda, Guillem Jiménez

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