An award-winning international touring exhibition by local filmmaker Liz Crow
Bristol’s MShed museum
Now until 5 February
Resistance: which way the future? takes as its starting point the Nazi programme of mass-murder which targeted disabled people and became the blueprint for the larger holocaust. What turned doctors and nurses into killers? What stopped ordinary people from speaking out? And what does this history mean for all of us today?
Over ten years in the making, the exhibition recently returned from its run at Washington DCʼs Kennedy Center, where a visitor wrote “One of the most powerful things I have ever experienced. I was so amazed by it, I went back to see it twice more.”
The opening drama follows the story of Elise, a patient who sweeps the institution in which she lives. She watches buses full of patients leave and return empty. When her turn comes, she knows what’s in store. Based on real events, this is the story of one woman’s resistance in the only way she could.
Director Liz Crow says “This is an episode of history that is virtually hidden, yet the values that underpinned it still echo through disabled people’s lives today. We can’t change history, but we can learn how to influence the future. The events of the holocaust came to an end because ordinary people resisted. I want audiences to feel inspired to get involved, be effective and find the courage to be a part of change. Resistance deals in a difficult subject but is infused with a sense of possibility.”
Resistance at MShed: 5 January until 5 February
Open Tues to Fri 10.00am to 5.00pm (closed Mon). Sat and Sun 10.00am to 6.00pm
Run time 30 minutes. Free entry
With British Sign Language interpretation, captions and audio description
Suitable for individuals and groups aged 11+ to adult, the work is particularly relevant to schools and colleges. If you would like to book a group visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues 24 Jan 6.15-7.45pm: A Journey of Resistance: artist’s talk with Q&A at MShed
Fri 27 Jan all day and citywide: Holocaust Memorial Day
Full details at: www.roaring-girl.com/category/showtimes/
Liz Crow is a disabled film-maker and mum to eight year old Molly, Liz Crow lives and works in Bristol, where she directs and runs her company, Roaring Girl Productions. Known widely in disability arts circles for her portrayal of strong women through her films, including Helen Keller and disabled Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Liz is now focussing on educating the world about T4. This was a programme which ordered the mass murder of disabled people during the Holocaust.