Chatham Community Library presents virtual film screening: The R-Word

Pittsboro, NC – In recognition of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Chatham Community Library will host a virtual film screening of The R-Word (2020), beginning Thursday, October 14, and continuing through Thursday, October 21. This program is free and open to the public.

The R-Word takes a deep look into the long-reaching history and lasting implications of derogatory language used to describe people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through captivating animation sequences, the personal narrative of four sibling stories, and the first-person accounts of self-advocates, viewers get an intimate and nuanced perspective of the challenges and triumphs of people living with an intellectual disability. 

Film highlights and awards include:

  • SXSW EDU
  • National Down Syndrome Congress Film Fest
  • Heartland International Film Festival
  • Reel Abilities Film Festival, New York
  • Reel Abilities Film Festival, Pittsburgh
  • Reel Abilities Film Festival, New Jersey
  • Reel Abilities Film Festival, Cleveland
  • Reel Abilities Film Festival, Los Angeles

Access to the virtual screening will be available beginning Thursday, October 14, by visiting here. A password is required at the time of viewing. Those who are interested may contact  to request the password or for additional information. The library has purchased a hard copy of the film if residents who wish to see the film miss the virtual screening window.

Residents may also visit the libraries’ website, or contact the Library at (919) 545-8084 or for more information on this and other events and programs.