AMAR is a short film funded by SBS and Film Victoria that follows the story of Amar, a 28-year-old Muslim woman with Down syndrome. Amar is secretly planning the wedding of her dreams amidst her parents’ struggle with unwanted community prejudice, discrimination and marginalisation. The film highlights ways in which society isolates and excludes people with disabilities.
At the heart of the story are themes of respect and inclusion, embracing the very idea that we all have value.
A freewheeling comedy series destined to disable discrimination!
Sit Down Comedy is a Screen Australia supported, ground-breaking, world class sketch comedy series reflecting the opinions, observations and lived experiences of some cheeky, and - let’s face it - rather adorable people who also happen to be living with a disability. However, it is not just a show centered on disability, but a mainstream comedy that also just happens to include people with disabilities in front of and behind the camera. actors who have a disability.
Almost 1 in 5 Australians has a disability. However, Screen Australia’s 2016 study “Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on Diversity in TV Drama”, revealed that the percentage of Australians with disabilities was more than four times the percentage of characters with disabilities on TV. The report also noted that Australians with disabilities have lacked opportunities to be involved with behind-the-scenes decision making, such as a presence in writer’s rooms or on-set, which in turn can flow on to a lack of diversity on screens.