“This film is extremely important and will be very valuable for faculty from dozens of different disciplines from the biological sciences to disability studies to the humanities and social sciences, precisely because it confronts one of the central issues of our time: how to make sense of variations among human beings and how to make sense of our capacity for radical technological innovation that will change our entire futures.” — Clark Miller, Chair, PhD Program, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, & Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, ASU
“Fascinating, humane, and provocative reframing of conceptions of ‘normal’ bodies and ‘disability.’” – Gina Maranto, Professor, Ecosystem and Science Policy, University of Miami
“In this wonderfully original look at bodily variations, Brashear reveals a world of disability research, advocacy, and counter-rhetoric. ‘Fixed’ introduces the real experts, who eloquently dispute stereotypes – and disclose the shocking news that the able human may be an outdated standard anyway.” — B. Ruby Rich, Film Critic and Professor of Social Documentation
“‘Fixed’ presents an incisive, balanced, and mind-bending look at the opportunities and challenges the technology revolution has wrought for the future of human culture and the meaning of being human… Beautifully edited with multiple dance sequences that transcend preconceived notions of disability and normalcy, ‘Fixed’ poses the question, ‘What sort of world do we want to live in?‘” — Mary Lou Breslin, Senior Policy Advisor, Disability Rights Education Defense Fund
“‘Fixed’ is a movie about people. Funny, complicated, smart, emotional people, some of whom happen to be disabled. Their testimonies, and the way they live, are at the heart of the discussion the movie includes and promotes. It will make you think and just as important, it will make you feel. . . The issues this provocative documentary raises are profound and important, and touch all of us.” — Pete Shanks, author of “Human Genetic Engineering”
“Watching ‘Fixed’ reminds you that human beings are an incredibly varied bunch. The film beautifully shows how we attempt to both enhance and constrain that variability, recreating ourselves with the technologies we make. ‘Fixed’ shows the different kinds of people we’re recreating and questions whether there should be limits to such re-creation. You’re a different person after you’ve watch ‘Fixed’. And that’s the point.“– Dave Guston, Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, ASU
“‘Fixed‘ combines some of the most challenging questions facing the disability rights movement with the cutting-edge science of human enhancement. The result is eye-opening and raises provocative questions our civilization struggles to answer. Yet ‘Fixed’ doesn’t fail to fascinate, and communicates on so many levels. Everyone should see this film.” – Marilyn Golden, Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education Defense Fund
“‘Fixed’ is entirely useful for my senior Medical Ethics course. There are countless ways that my students can connect with the material presented in the film, from the issues that the disability rights movement raises about societal change and adaptive technology, to ableism and Eugenics. The film is accessible, balanced, and while my students already have a background in the subject matter, there is also something entirely new here to help them stretch their thinking. It is perfect for the classroom but also for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge on the subject or simply someone who wants to achieve a better understanding of the world we all live in.” — Stacey Wickware, U.S. History and Medical Ethics teacher, Dozier-Libbey Medical High School
“‘Fixed’ is an authoritative exposé on the use of technology in the quest for physical perfection examining the possibilities for improving the human body. The film takes us through an intriguing journey of possibilities, while knowledgeable experts thoughtfully frame various complex ethical issues. What are the limits of restoring physical differences in a society? What is being human or being normal? Is there an endpoint to the human quest for power and perfection? When have we gone too far? As the Compliance Officer for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Mass Eye and Ear in Boston I am responsible for facilitating IRB approval for clinical research. Approval criteria are based on continually evolving federal regulations and community ethical standards. The rapid progress in medicine and bioengineering that we will experience in the coming decades will create challenging ethical issues for the regulatory community, clinical investigators and society as a whole. The movie ‘Fixed’ will stimulate awareness and enhance the discourse required to approach these challenges with integrity. I can envision broad use of this well-researched documentary in universities, academic medical centers, on public TV as well as popular media.” — Fariba Houman, Director, Human Research Protections Program, Mass Eye and Ear Hospital
“Watching ‘Fixed’ with my students revealed not only my gaps in understanding about the Disability Movement but showed me what my students have learned so far and how much further we need to go. As students of a medical high school, they are in a unique position to know and understand about this movement, where it has been and where it needs to go. The film put faces on the movement from all sides and showed them the practical applications to the projects they are currently engaged in. I hope all schools are able to show their students this great film – and discuss with their students all the issues that arise from the viewing. It was a powerful and moving experience!” — Lisa Kingsbury, English teacher, Dozier-Libbey Medical High School
Find many more reactions to the film on our Kickstarter update after screening a rough cut at the Tarrytown Meeting on Bioengineering, July 2011.
Read reactions from high school seniors at the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School after screening the rough cut, Nov 2012.