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Two Degrees will launch on Tuesday 15 December.
In 2019, The Other Film Festival collaborated with The Wheeler Centre to present the panel ‘Leading the Charge: Climate Change, Disability and Storytelling’ (watch/listen). Several compelling points were raised in that discussion, but they all boiled down to this stark fact: if our path and pace remain the same, our world will be faced with climate collapse, and such a world is just not accessible.
Between that time and now, Australia grappled with two significant events: the summer 2019–2020 bushfires, which devastated both land and living creatures; and the global COVID-19 pandemic, the ramifications of which we’re experiencing to this day. As we head into another summer, a new year, a new decade, the team at TOFF felt compelled to ask: What would our future be like if Deaf, Disabled and neurodivergent individuals led the way? What sorts of conversations would be had? What problems, missed by non-disabled people, would be identified, and what solutions would be posed? And, most importantly, how could we empower our community to get these messages across?
‘Two Degrees’ our contribution, however humble, to this necessary about-face; it is us taking the ship’s wheel and steering towards a different direction. The series brings together a number of artforms – writing, performance, sound, multimedia – and features 14 incredible, insightful artists and collectives, each with their own take on climate change. But whether comical or serious, abstract or literal, these creations are united by the understanding that art and storytelling are powerful tools for education, inspiration and action.