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SAT, APR 29, 1:30 PM // Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management
Meet Is There Anybody Out There? director and film subject Ella Glendining via Zoom for an eye-opening conversation about living in and loving her unique body, navigating the pervasiveness of ableism in the world and how to think differently about how we see others, both like and unlike ourselves. Hosted by actor and writer Alexia Vassos.

About the film
"My body is extremely unusual, and I’ve never seen another like my own," writes director Ella Glendining as she embarks on this deeply personal film, asking, Is there anybody out there like me? The rareness of her disability sparks her search to find others who have bodies similar to hers, and to forge kinship. Filmed over four years and using her personal video journals, Ella’s search leads her to find that kinship as well as to encounter doctors and parents who make choices to change bodies shortly after birth through painful surgeries, leading her to ask: Why must I change instead of society? During her filming, Ella discovers she is pregnant and moves towards the emotional journey of what it means to become a parent in a world that doesn’t have its prejudices in check. In this powerful love letter to the disability community and its allies, Ella reveals what it takes to love oneself fiercely within an ableist world. Heather Haynes


  • Director(s)

    • Ella Glendining
  • Producer(s)

    • Janine Marmot
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Lisa Marie Russo
    • Nikki Parrott
    • Mark Thomas
    • Natasha Dack Ojumu
  • Editor(s)

    • Rachel Roberts
  • Cinematography

    • Annemarie Lean-Vercoe
  • Music

    • Erland Cooper

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