Freedom Machines

For the 54 million Americans with disabilities, modern technology offers unprecedented possibilities.

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POV, True Stories
Premiere Date
September 14, 2004
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Jamie Stobie

Jamie Stobie’s career spans a quarter century and 12 films and film series for national PBS, including Cadillac Desert based on Marc Reisner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and Life Beyond Earth with author Tim Ferris.


Janet Cole

Janet Cole’s recent credits, Heart of the Sea, Promises, Paragraph 175, and Regret to Inform, garnered two Oscar nominations, two Emmy awards, and a Peabody award. All had primetime broadcasts and extensive international distribution.

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The Film

Breakthrough technologies have opened up unprecedented possibilities for the 54 million Americans with disabilities — even as age-old barriers of class, public policy, and deep discrimination persist. Freedom Machines explores the invention and impact of these astonishing new tools, showing how people with disabilities are transforming their lives even as they wrestle with the demons of outmoded policies and attitudes.