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  • Press Release: Moscow movie festival showcases sporting people with disabilities ahead of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games


     18 November, 2008, Moscow, Russia - A series of movies about athletes with disabilities premiered today in Moscow as part of the IV International Disability Film Festival Cinema Without Barriers. The festival is an important step in preparing for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    Over a four day period more than a hundred art documentaries and animated films from twenty countries including Russia, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France and the United States will be screened in Moscow.

    For the first time in the history of the festival a new category people with disabilities in sport was introduced with the aim of attracting public attention to the problems that people with disabilities face in their daily lives. The new category was presented by State Duma deputy Mikhail Terentiev, who is also General Director of the Paralympic Committee of Russia, a member of the Sochi 2014 Supervisory Board and a former Paralympic champion.

    Awarding the first prize to the Italian film Sitting Bulls Mikhail Terentiev said:

    The presence of this festival in Moscow demonstrates the great attention Russia pays to the problems that people with disabilities face in their integration into normal life. The premiere is particularly timely as our country prepares to host the Paralympic Games in 2014.

    Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee said:

    The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will have state-of-the-art facilities fully adapted for people with disabilities, the Organizing Committee is focused on creating an atmosphere where athletes and guests feel both comfortable and supported.

    The Cinema Without Barriers festival draws public attention to the problems that people with disabilities face and also encourages people to think and push for action. It is important that the heroes of these movies are not professional actors, but ordinary people who try to live a full life despite their disabilities. There are many examples of this in sport and I am confident that we will see many feats of courage and strength of spirit in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

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