Summary

The reality is different for many of the world’s largest minorities. One billion people live with a disability. 80% of them live in so-called developing countries. Poverty and disability are connected in a frightening way. 1.2 billion people live in absolute poverty and have a daily budget of 1.25 dollars. One in five of them has one or more disabilities. 2% of those affected have access to basic medical care in developing countries. 0.1% of the visual or hearing impairment is adequately supported. 90% of children with disabilities do not attend school. 3% of girls with disabilities can read and write.

Behind each of these figures is a human being and the question of why people with disabilities in their privileges and rights repeatedly encounter barriers to a free and fair life.

In order to find answers to this question, Dennis Klein traveled through five continents and attended in 25 nations people with disabilities, accompanied initiatives and projects, and on his journey repeatedly faced his own personal conflicts. Because these stories were not always marked by dreams and hope, they also reported experiences of neglect, rejection, exclusion and abuse.

These personal life experiences pose urgent questions of our time and leave you with the certainty that there are ways in which we can live together as dignities.

The film wants to stimulate a social discussion and ask the following questions:

When we meet people with individual needs, how will we be aware in the future with our language and our actions?

Let us recognise the linkage of poverty and disability and we will look for breaking down the barriers to education and the labor market. Will we be able to notice social and physical barriers and how can an inclusive company look like?

What is my personal function and role in implementing this vision?

What would it mean to me personally when I live in a society like this?

Would I make it possible for all active participation?

Ultimately, we will cease to use the notion of disability and we will learn to understand man in his humanity and not to its handicap?