Film Series


University of Washington

Odegaard Library, Room 220
Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m

Presented by ASUW Student Disability Commission and UW Disability Studies Program

Refreshments provided


Jan. 25 The Lynchburg Story:  Eugenic Sterilization in America

Between 1927 and 1972, over 8,000 young people at the Lynchburg Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded in Virginia were forcibly sterilized. Most were simply poor, ill-educated, and considered a financial burden. Interviewed victims tell of the devastating impact on their lives. Download flyer Flyer_week1_Lynchburg (pdf).


Feb. 1  If I Can’t Do It

Arthur Campbell, Jr. doesn’t want your sympathy, he just wants what most people do: a living wage, a meaningful social life, a few good laughs, and the means to get around. “For most of my first 38 years, I had no life outside my parents’ home. I thought my problems were unique — that is, until I began to be around other disabled people, and I discovered how similar our stories were.” Download flyer Flyer_week2_If_Lives (pdf).


Feb. 8 Hurry Tomorrow

“The horrific news outbreak during the early and mid-1970’s of the condition of state mental hospitals around the country caused a cry for change. Hurry Tomorrow is a compilation of events filmed at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California, over a six-week period. Hurry Tomorrow goes way beyond Titicut Follies or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in its indictment of mental hospital conditions; it has absolute power over viewers.”  Hurry_Reaume_week_flyer (pdf)


Feb. 15   In Our Care

Made in 1959 and used by the state to educate the public about the Fairview Training Center in Salem, Oregon, this film’s images and narration show how institutional life at Fairview was officially portrayed in that era. Fairview closed in 2000.


Feb. 22 Unforgotten: 25 Years After Willowbrook

The public outcry about the Willowbrook School for people with developmental disabilities resulted from Geraldo Rivera’s award-winning TV series in 1972. The conditions that children, adolescents, and adults were subject to was nothing short of inhumane. Former residents and family members tell their stories of heartbreak and despair.


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