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  • ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents Sanctuary

    Join us for the opening night of the ReelAbilities Film Festival featuring the hilarious and heartbreaking film Sanctuary.


Wednesday, March 21 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

ReelAbilities Film Festival Presents Sanctuary

Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon tryst and look forward to getting to know each other, like countless couples before them. But Larry and Sophie aren't any couple — they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker.

By attempting to be intimate, they aren't just breaking the rules — they're breaking the law. While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future, and how to use a condom, their friends from the training center escape the not-so-watchful eye of Tom and go on a joyful rampage through Galway. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.

Join us for the opening night of the 2018 festival with special guests Kieran Coppinger, lead actor of Sanctuary, and Len Collin, director of Sanctuary. Reception with light bites to follow. ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expression of people with different disabilities from a variety of communities.

Adults 18+ Only.

This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Additional funding provided by the Richard S. Morse Fund.

For information about accessibility in the Museum: For questions or accommodation requests: 617-589-3102, Please request ASL interpreters at least two weeks in advance.


Cahners Theater


Recommended for: Visitors 18 years of age and older

Co-presented with ReelAbilities Film Festival, the Irish Consulate and the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Council

Public Event

Separate ticket required. Cost: Free

Registration begins for members March 5, 2018.
Registration for the general public March 7, 2018.



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