DEFINING BEAUTY: Ms. Wheelchair America

USA / 2011 / 78 mins / documentary / DC Premiere / directed by Alexis Ostrander

Saturday, March 3

 

12 noon
US NAVY HERITAGE CENTER
$10 IN ADVANCE HERE OR AT THE DOOR

www.definingbeautydoc.blogspot.com

Sponsored by Permobil, Inc.  With a post-screening discussion with our own Dawn P. Jennings, Ms Wheelchair DC ’12

Narrated by Katey Sagal, this award-winning, high energy film follows the vibrant lives of five women on their journey to the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. For 37 years, Ms. Wheelchair America has showcased the astounding accomplishments of hundreds of women. These remarkable contestants and the reigning Ms. Wheelchair America give us an honest and enriching glimpse into their lives as we follow them to Nationals in South Dakota as they compete for the crown. These women challenge themselves daily to live life beyond their limitations and in turn demonstrate to the world that true beauty is encompassed in a desire to succeed, a dedication to serve others, and the will to live life on your own terms.

Director Alexis Ostrander writes: “In 1998 I cheered on my sister-in-law, Leslie Ostrander, as she competed for the title of Ms.Wheelchair America in North Carolina. A C7 incomplete quadriplegic from the age of 4, Leslie has spent the majority of her life in a wheelchair and has always been a source of inspiration for my work. It was through watching Leslie’s experiences that I started to understand the limitless ways that this unique pageant can change one woman’s life.”

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