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Dr. Gretchen Berland and Galen Buckwalter at the IFP Market Awards.
For several years, Dr. Gretchen Berland, of the Yale University School of Medicine, has used film to better understand how her patients live — outside of waiting rooms, clinics, and hospitals. Her newest documentary, Rolling, centers on three Americans, confined to wheelchairs: Galen Buckwalter, Vicki Elman, and Ernie Wallengren.
Berland outfitted each of their wheelchairs with a video camera. For two years, they recorded hundreds of hours of footage. Each portrait shows a person who wants to hold on to his or her independence, and illustrates how difficult everyday life can be. In the second hour, we'll talk to Berland and Galen Buckwalter. If you use a wheelchair, what don't your friends, family, co-workers, and physicians understand?