When Billy Broke His Head . . . and Other Tales of Wonder

An hour-long documentary by Chicago artist David E. Simpson and former Minneapolis journalist Billy Golfus—an account of Golfus's experiences after he suffered a severe head injury in a motor-scooter accident almost a decade earlier that's also an irreverent polemic about the plight of the disabled, particularly the demoralizing negativity expressed by the culture at large and the bureaucratic nightmares they're forced to endure to receive the government benefits they're legally entitled to. Not always as sharply pointed as it might have been, either as filmmaking or as argument, this is still an invaluable introduction to a neglected and potent subject, informative as well as provocative.

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