Ella Glendining, a disabled artist. Photo courtesy of Athena Film Festival
Ella Glendining, a disabled artist. Photo courtesy of Athena Film Festival

Athena Film Festival review: Ella Glendining’s ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ is disability empathy as much as it is education

As Glendining herself says, “normal is a statistical concept, and that’s all.”


This Sundance award-winning film, intimate and authentic in its first person style, called on its Athena Film Festival’s 2024 audience to reflect on ableism in both the film industry and the world at large. More than disability education, Glendining accomplishes what is perhaps art’s most crucial objective: empathy, even for an experience potentially so different from our own. Read more…


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