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Public Television Premiere of Award-Winning Film on the Promise and Perils of Human Enhancement, In Honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

July 22, 2015
Source: Making Change Media

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), three-time award-winning documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, premieres on public television this week, kicking off with over 1,000 telecasts scheduled around the country, through the WORLD channel and over 100 other primary channels, reaching over 88 million homes in more than 78% of the country.

From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Fixed explores the social impact of human biotechnologies and rethinks "disability" and "normalcy" by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.

Starring NPR radio host John Hockenberry, MIT bionics engineer Hugh Herr, disability justice educator Patty Berne; biochemist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring; Ekso exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo; robot scientist Rodney Brooks; bioethicist and policy advocate Marcy Darnovsky; reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason; disability lawyer Silvia Yee, disability studies scholar Dominika Bednarska; futurist Jamais Cascio; brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes; and transhumanist James Hughes and philosophy professor Cressida Heyes. With cameo performances by some of the worlds leading integrated dance companies, featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers and artists, including the Anjali Dance Company, Antoine Hunter, AXIS Dance, Candoco, Dancing Wheels, GIMP, Kounterclockwise, Lisa Bufano, and Sue Austin with Freewheeling.

Produced by Making Change Media, Fixed is directed by Regan Brashear, an Oakland, CA-based independent filmmaker, founder of Making Change Media, and an active member-owner of New Day Films, a social issue educational media distribution cooperative. Distributed to public TV through American Public Television and presented by KRCB, Fixed explores the promise and perils of enhancing humans.

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