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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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Documenting Cognitive Disability

Documenting Cognitive Disability

(p.117) Chapter 4 Documenting Cognitive Disability
Disability Studies and Spanish Culture

Benjamin Fraser

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at two Spanish documentaries focusing on people with cognitive/intellectual disabilities. The first film, ¿Qué tienes debajo del sombrero± (2006, Lola Barrera and Iñaki Peñafiel) portrays the life and artistic work of American fiber artist Judith Scott, who worked at the Center for Creative Growth in Oakland, California and who had Down syndrome and was also deaf. The second film, Más allá del espejo (2007, Joaquín Jordà) is a look at both Esther Chumillas and also at the director himself, in both cases looking at forms of intellectual disability known as agnosia/alexia. Although documentaries, both films are works of art in their own right, and analysis centers not only on the nature of the disabilities but on their filmic representation and on the artistic qualities of the films discussed.

Keywords:   ¿Qué tienes debajo del sombrero±, Judith Scott, Center for Creative Growth, Down syndrome, deaf/deafness, Joaquín Jordà, agnosia, alexia, Más allá del espejo, filmic representation

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