To That Which Cannot Be Fixed

Since I decided to call this film “FIXED,” this word has stuck out every time I encounter it in print or it pops up in conversation. What does it mean “to be fixed?” When do we want “to fix” and why? This photo was taken by a great photographer friend, Lisa Ganser. The photo is a close up of a red curb with white cursive script which says “To that which cannot be fixed”. There is also the front of Lisa’s foot in a black sneaker. The concrete is slick with rain and there’s water pooling in the street next to the curb. Ever since she showed me the image, this phrase has haunted me. It speaks to the heart of our film, FIXED. It seems to speak back to a culture obsessed with perfection and perfecting, and holds up our human “imperfections” as something to celebrate, to raise a glass to, in fact. If you encounter the word FIXED anywhere that seems interesting to snap a photo of, please send it to us and we’ll start an album here of FIXED photos in the world: info @ fixedthemovie dot com.

In the meantime, let’s raise a glass “to that which cannot be fixed!”
(To learn more about the name of the film, check out this post.)

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What’s in a Name?

Recently I was asked by a festival director why I named the film, Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement? I thought more people might find this of interest, so here you have it:

I named the film Fixed to raise attention to how and when we use this term, most often without giving it a second thought. It so often goes as if certain things are a given, common sense,  i.e. “surely if you don’t have legs, you would want them… you would want to be fixed!” But, of course, it’s much more complicated than that. Many people with disabilities want a lot of things but to be “fixed” isn’t one of them. Access to a good quality of life, yes, access to education, good health care, employment, housing, in-home support services, better representations in the media and popular culture, erasing the stigma associated with “disability” in society, etc… So I was trying to highlight this tension by naming it as I did.

I also like how the word “fixed” relates to the eugenics, sterilization and prenatal screening parts of the film. You say when you sterilize an animal that they’ve been “fixed.” Of course, this is what happened in the eugenics era in the U.S. and abroad with many people with disabilities who were, in effect, treated like animals. So there’s a haunting nod in that direction too contained within the name.

Lastly, it raises the question on whether this business of high tech enhancements is “fixed” i.e. rigged, when we consider how many people will have access to these technologies. Will it alleviate or exacerbate existing inequalities for people with disabilities and for poor people in general? (and of course, people with disabilities tend to be […]

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