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No one ever said cowboy life was easy — what with the pistol duels, crooked sheriffs and giant mechanical spiders (see Wild Wild West — or, more appropriately, don't).

And, as shown in the Bermuda-bound documentary Becoming Bulletproof, matters can be equally fraught behind the scenes.

The acclaimed 2014 film depicts the trials and triumphs of a cast of actors, many of whom have physical and cognitive disabilities, as they shoot a western flick at the Zeno Mountain Farm camp in Vermont.

A free screening of Becoming Bulletproof comes to BUEI's Tradewinds auditorium at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 11, thanks to mental disability charity Project 100. “We were extremely moved by this heart-warming documentary,” said Project 100 president Francesca Thomas, “and we loved it so much we wanted the community to enjoy it.”

The film, distributed by Super Size Me documentarian Morgan Spurlock, also shows performers with disorders like Down's syndrome and cerebral palsy frankly discussing their relationships and anxieties.

It was labelled “wonderful” by The New York Times, won a slew of awards on the festival circuit and has a 100 per cent approval rating on the review website Rotten Tomatoes.

“This wholly honest movie will make you laugh out loud, and if you're a softie, you should bring tissues too,” Ms Thomas said. “It's moving to see the cast's determination as they battle through the pain to realise their dream.”

Ms Thomas said that Project 100 wanted to show Becoming Bulletproof to help normalise disability in Bermuda.

“It allows the people involved to be the regular folks they are, and to showcase the disciplined creativity of which they're capable,” she added.

Founded in 1985, Project 100 helps provide accommodation for the island's mentally disabled population, among other projects. The charity's fundraising gala ball will be held at the Fairmont Southampton hotel on Saturday, November 26.

To reserve a seat to see Becoming Bulletproof, e-mail project100bermuda@gmail.com.

Francesca Thomas, president of the Project 100 mental disabilities charity. The charity has a showing of the documentary Becoming Bulletproof at BUEI on Tuesday (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Francesca Thomas, president of the Project 100 mental disabilities charity. The charity has a showing of the documentary Becoming Bulletproof at BUEI on Tuesday (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Francesca Thomas, president of the Project 100 mental disabilities charity. The charity has a showing of the documentary Becoming Bulletproof at BUEI on Tuesday (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published October 05, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated October 05, 2016 at 10:27 am)

Disabilities movie at BUEI

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