The R-Word, Free Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion

The R-Word, Free Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Filmmaker Amanda Lukoff with her sister Gabrielle

Watch this film that takes a purposeful look into the long-reaching history and lasting implications of the word retard(ed), and then join WXXI and The Golisano Foundation for a panel discussion with the producer.

Presented as part of Move to Include, WXXI and The Golisano Foundation offer a free, virtual screening of The R-Word made available by The Little Theatre. Watch the film and then join us for a virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, July 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. via WXXI Facebook Live. 

Moderated by WXXI News' Evan Dawson, host of Connections with Evan Dawson, the panel includes:

Amanda Lukoff, The R-Word filmmmaker
Erin McCormack, WXXI Executive Producer & Move to Include Project Leader
Stacey Hengsterman, President/CEO of Special Olympics NY 

More about The R-Word
Filmmaker Amanda Lukoff grew up advocating for her sister Gabrielle, especially whenever she heard the word retard(ed). With The R-Word, she unravels the history and lasting effects of this word through the lens of the sibling experience, captivating animation sequences, and self-advocates speaking truth-to-power - ultimately making the case for why the conversation surrounding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities needs to change. 


CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FILM. Once you begin watching the film you will have seven days to finish it.

About Move to Include:
Move to Include is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Through programming and special events, WXXI and the Golisano Foundation look to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life. To learn more, visit