POSTED: November 18th 2008

Moscow filmfest showcases disabled sport

Moscow film fest / Image: Sochi 2014
Moscow film fest / Image: Sochi 2014

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: The Moscow disabled film festival raises awareness on the challenges and triumphs of people practicing sports with disabilities and precluded the mood for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

This marks the first time that this category on disabilities in sport has been brought so distinctly to the public forefront.

The IV International Disability Film Festival Cinema Without Barriers was held over four days and featured more than 100 documentaries and animated films originating from around 20 countries including Russia, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France and the United States.

The new category of cinema to the festival was presented by State Duma deputy Mikhail Terentiev, who is also general director of the Paralympic Committee of Russia, a member of the Sochi 2014 Supervisory Board and a former Paralympic champion.

Awarding the first prize to the Italian film Sitting Bulls Terentiev said: “The presence of this festival in Moscow demonstrates the great attention Russia pays to the problems that people with disabilities face in their integration into normal life. The premiere is particularly timely as our country prepares to host the Paralympic Games in 2014.”

Dmitry Chernyshenko, ceo and president of Sochi 2014, supported the initiative, saying: “The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will have state-of-the-art facilities fully adapted for people with disabilities. The Organizing Committee is focused on creating an atmosphere where athletes and guests feel both comfortable and supported.

“The Cinema Without Barriers festival draws public attention to the problems that people with disabilities face and also encourages people to think and push for action.

"It is important that the heroes of these movies are not professional actors, but ordinary people who try to live a full life despite their disabilities. There are many examples of this in sport and I am confident that we will see many feats of courage and strength of spirit in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.”

The Paralympic Games will be hosted between March 7-16, 2014, in the same venues as the XXII Olympic Games.

Keywords · Sochi Paralympics · 2014 Games · Mikhail Terentiev · Dmitry Chernyshenko

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