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Handicapped Future (TV)

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Original title
Behinderte Zukunft? (Handicapped Future) (TV)
Running time
42 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Werner Herzog, Hans-Peter Meier
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
Documentary | Disease. Disability. Half-length Film. TV Movie
Synopsis / Plot
Herzog said: “I had been asked to make a documentary about thalidomide victims in West Germany and produced a film called Handicapped Future. The reason this film is in no way stylized is because, like The Flying Doctors of East Africa, it was proposed by someone else, in this case by a young man whose very best friend was in a wheelchair. I was asked to do a film on him alone, but after some
investigation I felt there was more to the subject and I made Handicapped Future so I could give it to those institutions who take care of the physically handicapped and assist them in raising public awareness of their cause. At the time, treatment of the handicapped was somewhat mediaeval. (…) It is probably one of my most directly politically aware films because I wanted to explore the development of legislation emerging from the United States which was helping the handicapped minority. The film actually helped trigger a change of awareness of these issues in Germany which led to new legislation. (…) If I was to make a similar film today it would be much harsher. In pursuit of the deeper truths, I would not shrink back from anything, even when telling such a tragic story. More importantly, Handicapped Future was somehow a predecessor to Land of Silence and Darkness and directly triggered that film.”
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