Students will have the opportunity to discuss living with disabilities at the Associated Students Disability Outreach Center’s showing of “The Music Within” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Viking Union 552. To ensure everyone is accommodated for the viewing of the movie, subtitles will be provided throughout the film.

“The Music Within” is based on a true story and revolves around Vietnam veteran Richard Pimentel. Pimentel returns from war with a hearing impairment and has difficulty finding a job. He becomes frustrated when others tell him he will never fufill his dreams because of his disability, and with the help of Pimentel’s friend Art Honeymoon, who has cerebral palsy, Pimentel finds the inspiration to become an employment placement advocate for those with disabilities. With this newly-found position, Pimentel is able to discover his inner music.

AS Disability Outreach Center coordinator Brandi Ball said the movie has many underlying themes and concepts and hopes students are not deterred from attending the viewing because of the film’s title.

“It’s not only for music lovers,” Ball said. “There are underlying themes and music is tied within it.”

Ball chose “The Music Within” for the showing because it revolves around a true story and it is also a film many people have heard about, she said.

Other topics in the movie include veterans issues and friendship, Ball said.

“It’s a really heart-warming story about how you can never know when you can find friendship,” Ball said.

A discussion will follow the movie. It is based on a facilitator guide created by Pimentel, Ball said. The guide is made up of videos consisting of Pimentel asking students how they felt about the concepts and attitudes of the film, Ball said.

Only a few of the videos from the facilitator guide will be shown, but the questions help guide the discussion, Ball said.
“The videos [in the guide] talk about students’ reactions to the movie and how they feel the movie was portrayed and if it was accurate or inaccurate, while expanding on the stereotypes we see,” Ball said.

Taking part in the discussion is highly encouraged, but is not necessary to attend.

This will be the DOC’s only movie showing for the quarter, but Ball hopes to have more during spring quarter, she said.