I had the honor to work with Belo Cipriani, a blind journalist, and advocate for people living with disabilities. Belo recently established a publishing house called Oleb Books whose mission is to represent disability in a respectful and honest way; to show life how it really is for people with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. His book ”Firsts – Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities” features pieces by authors with a variety of disabilities.
During my internship, Belo asked me to visually portray three of the authors of the book: Caitlin Hernandez, Sam Rubin, and David-Elijah Nahmod. I, therefore, created this mini-documentary series, which was additionally made fully accessible for the deaf and blind community.
The films show the person behind the story in the book, their lives with their disability, but mostly focuses on them as writers and the challenges that arise while being an artist living with autism, blindness, or mental health conditions.