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Synopsis: For the first time in their lives, five amputees from ages 19 to 64 -Jérôme, Sarah, Christophe, Luca and Michel – will climb a 3000m peak in the Alps. Physically prepared or not, they know that their willpower will be stronger than the pain: they are determined to prove that all amputees can walk, run and hike on their own two feet again, thanks to a project of affordable prosthetic blades developed by young engineers.

Language

French, English

Run Time

32 minutes

Starring

Jérôme Bernard
Boris Ghirardi

Directed by

Olivier Lambert

Cinematographer

Cédric Corroy
Julien Raison

Director's Statement

In France, in 2022, 12 million people have a disability. 67% of them report difficulties in getting around.
Accident, genetic condition or illness, anyone can be confronted with this situation. And despite legislation and policies to promote the integration of people with disabilities, particularly in the workplace, their daily lives are affected by their disability. Yet all of them want a normal life.
Without sentimentality or sympathy, On my own two feet focuses on the symbolic activity of running to show that a disability need not exclude a person from life and that anything is possible despite the odds.
On my own two feet is a story of life, struggle and effort, pain and success. This film exposes us to the best that nature has to offer: the natural world around us, which enchants and moves us with its landscapes, its environment, its colours and its poetry; and the human world, which also pushes us to give our all, to be altruistic, to break free of limits and to build together.
More than ever, disabled and non-disabled people have to learn from each other and never again question the fundamental principle of the right to live, feel, run. In this sense, alongside Jérôme, Michel, Luca, Sarah and Christophe, the documentary On my own two feet attempts to celebrate freedoms, both those already acquired and those still to be regained or won.

Director's Bio

Olivier Lambert, 37, is a French filmmaker and producer as the co-founder of the creative narrative lab Lumento.
Interested in what is unseen, untold or unexpected, Olivier has been elaborating new ways of writing, producing and distributing stories since july 2009.
With Thomas Salva, he won the best online documentary series Webby Award in 2011 for their first multimedia project Brèves de Trottoirs / Sidewalk shorts.
Their first documentary feature, Chasing Bonnie & Clyde, premiered at the Cinema on the Bayou film Festival in 2016 and won several awards.
His short documentary Grinding the country won the Best skateboarding short documentary Award at the Paris Surf & Skate film Festival in 2019.
Graduated from a Paris journalism school, Olivier won the Charles Lescaut Award and worked as an anchorman for Radio France Internationale in 2010.

Production Year

2022

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