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Lives Worth Living

53 min   |   English   |  Eric Neudel

Lives Worth Living is widely acknowledged as the “magnum opus" of disability rights history in documentary film.  This hugely important civil rights history was almost lost, but charismatic leaders of the movement narrate the story of a long, hard, and successful drive for civil rights - a drive that brought together a once fragmented population into a powerful coalition that created some of the most far reaching civil rights legislation in our nation’s history.


Screened in embassies and consulates around the world by the US Department of State, this is compelling and essential viewing for everyone. 

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We were honored that LIVES WORTH LIVING was chosen as part of the American Film Showcase for 2013/14!  This is a major cultural diplomacy initiative of the US Department of State.  In partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts, film envoys are sent around the world to engage audiences and, most importantly, to listen.  Please click on the link below to learn more about this innovative program — the films, the film envoys and experts, the countries that were visited and may indeed be visited again.


To read New York Times review printed October 27, 2011, click below link:‘Lives Worth Living’ on ‘Independent Lens’ – Review –


Jodie Jackson, Jr. of the Columbia Tribune wrote the following great article about the film in advance of a public screening at The Ragtag Cinema:
Click here to view Jodie Jackson’s article.


Another fantastic review:


Review from Chicago SunTimes on October 20, 2011:


To listen to a segment aired by ABC News Chicago on October 20, 2011, click below link:

MOSCOW:  A Nightmare of Inaccessibility for the Disabled

Lives Worth Living filmmakers Eric Neudel and Alison Gilkey recently returned from presenting their film in Moscow at Breaking Down Barriers, an international disability film festival. The festival is a celebration of diversity, showcasing films from across the globe that promote a positive message.
Click here to view the Independent Lens entry at

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