If I Can't Do It

A disabled man is pushing for independence and an equal slice of the American pie.

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Premiere Date
July 7, 1998
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    1999 duPont Awards-Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
  • Producer

    Walter Brock

    Walter Brock is a critically acclaimed documentary producer/director whose work has been screened and broadcast all over the world. His film LAND(And How It Gets That Way), about preservation, property rights, people, and the land, was broadcast on PBS in the spring of 2005. An earlier film, A Season In Hell, about a young Kentucky woman’s struggle with Show more eating disorders, was featured in P.O.V.’s 1992 season, won Best Documentary at the USA and Atlanta film festivals, and was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. If I Can’t Do It premiered on P.O.V.’s True Lives series in 1998. His other films include Other Prisoners (1986), and Writing In Water (1984), both directed by Stephen Roszell. Brock also currently teaches art at St. Francis High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Show less

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    The Film

    Arthur Campbell, Jr. doesn't want your sympathy, he just wants what most people do: a living wage, a meaningful social life, a few good laughs, and the means to get around. Filmmaker Walter Brock offers an unflinching portrait of one disabled man who, with many others, is pushing for independence and an equal slice of the American pie. From the remote hills of Kentucky to the hallowed halls of Congress, join Arthur on his unforgettable ride through life and the disability rights movement.