Film Festival In Forest Hills

Staff Writer

Films made by or about people with disabilities will be on display in Forest Hills beginning next week.

The Central Queens Y will host the 7th annual Reelabilities Film Festival, from March 12 through March 15.

The festival showcases long-form documentaries and short films that were created by a person with a disability or is a movie about disabled people or an issue that is important to them.

Among this year’s highlights is  “Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective.” This 82-minute documentary examines fathers and male caregivers of autistic children.

Jeri Mendelsohn, the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Central Queens Y and Bayside-based Samuel Field Y, said it is important to show this movie because it examines an area of caring for autistic children that is not often looked at.

“We see it discussed through the eyes of the mother all the time, but not through the father,” she said.

According to the description of the film, the movie is about “a group of fathers who open up to each other about the fear, disappointment and ultimately, the acceptance of a parenting experience very different than the ones they had envisioned.”

Another movie highlighted is “Mimi and Dona” which is also a documentary about a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, and her daughter Dona who has had an intellectual disability. The film shines light on what could happen to Dona once her mother passes away and the issues that arise from an elderly mother caring for her disabled child.

Not all of the films have a sad tone to it, Mendelsohn said.

“The Finishers,” directed by French filmmaker, Nils Tavernier kicks off the series. It tells the story of an athlete father and his son, who has celebral palsy, training and competing together at an Ironman race in Nice, France.

The festival is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 to $7. The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108th St. in Forest Hills.

For more information, including showtimes, visit or call 718.268.5011 ext. 151.

Reach Reporter Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127,, or @luisgronda.


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