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A short film by Freewheelers Theatre Company, based in Leatherhead, was screened at the UN Headquarters in New York last week as part of the UN Enable Film Festival.

A photograph taken on location at Freewheeler's film Steep Rain featuring upturned rainbow umbrellas with people, some standing, others in wheelchairs.

On location at Steep Rain.

Steep Rain was originally created in 2012 for Liberty Festival, a platform for work by deaf and disabled artists. Three years later it was chosen as one of only fifteen films from around the world to be shown in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which took place on 3rd December. The chosen films all illustrate this year’s theme of ‘access and empowerment for all.’
Jenni Halton, Operations Manager at the Freewheelers said:

“Steep Rain has now been viewed in 77 countries on five continents - we are delighted to know that it is reaching such a huge audience. 3rd December was a momentous day as we also staged Amandla! – the Mandela Story at Leatherhead Theatre. The timing coincided exactly with the UN’s screening of Steep Rain and it was amazing to think that Freewheelers was engaging audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Full listings for the UN Enable Film Festival, including a link to Steep Rain can be found here.

Watch Steep Rain (5 min 3 secs) and Freewheeler's other videos on their Vimeo channel.