- By: Sanjit Bagchi
“It is a film about family, revenge, honor, and the triumph of love over loss. But most of all, it is a film about standing up, even after your spirit, and your spine, have been crushed”, reads the promotional description of Murderball (www.murderballmovie.com). The film is a documentary featuring human life after disability. The film is based on an article by Dana Adam Shapiro, one of the directors, and shows the vivacity of a group of quadriplegic people who are wonderful athletes, even though they can't stand, either as a result of neurological disorders after an infection, or because of a car accident, gun shot injury, or a fistfight.
Although in places there are cinematic exaggerations, the athletes presented in Murderball are larger than life personalities who should bring hope to the lives of millions of disabled people. The athletes win prizes playing world-class quad rugby, which is a popular