The Right to be Rescued

About The Film

“The Right to be Rescued” is a short documentary that tells the stories of people with disabilities affected by Hurricane Katrina. Released days before the 10th anniversary of the storm, our goal is to make emergency planners aware of the specific needs of people with disabilities and push them to alter their disaster plans to make sure those needs are met. You can help! We will provide links or DVDs to anyone who would like to screen this film for emergency planners and others in their community. Scroll down to find out how.


Official Selection, Social Justice Film Festival 2016

Social Justice Film Festival 2016

Advocacy Award, Superfest International Disability Film Festival 2016

Film festival laurel - two olive branches surround text that reads Advocacy Award Superfest International Disability Film Festival 2016

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Screening a Rooted in Rights video is a great way to bring people together around an issue, spark discussion, and engage an audience in person. Screenings are great for:
  • Universities and Colleges – host a screening on campus that relates to your current curriculum
  • Community Meetings – host a screening to help inform local advocates and policymakers, and bolster local campaigns
  • Conferences – host a screening and a panel discussion to engage your attendees
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Excerpt and promo videos

Caregivers are not Optional: P.J. and Christy Pausell’s Story

Video transcript

Preparing for the Worst: ARC of Greater New Orleans’ Story

Video transcript

Left Behind During Hurricane Katrina: Benny’s Story

Video transcript
The following federal funding partners shared in the cost of producing these videos: the Administration for Community Living ACL (Award #1601WAPADD); and the Rehabilitation Services Administration RSA (Award #H240A160048). These contents are the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington, the parent organization of Rooted in Rights, and do not necessarily represent the official views of ACL, or RSA.

Press Kit


Right to be Rescued poster
Rickii - Right to be Rescued Meme

Cast Photos

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Rickii Ainey
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Jeanne Abadie
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Pam Minning
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Earl Robicheaux
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Charlotte Parent
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Adrien Weibgen