The Douglas P. Biklen Imaging Disability in Film Showcase
Part of the 2019 Syracuse International Film Festival
“Shoelaces” tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben’s (60) kidney’s are failing and his son Gadi (35), wants to donate one of his own kidney’s to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well. He feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. He’s furious with the committee’s decision and sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Through the film’s portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, it manages to shed some light and question the importance of human life, human connection and if life is even possible without it either one of them.
Screening will be followed by a panel of Syracuse University faculty.
Film is captioned with English subtitles (Hebrew spoken language). American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided for the introduction and panel discussion.
This event is FREE for Syracuse University students with your SUID. Full schedule available on the SIFF website.