NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A film festival that focuses on disabilities opens later this week at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

The sixth annual ReelAbilities Film Festival opens on March 6.

Co-founder Isaac Zablocki with JCC Manhattan said he’s on a mission to create social change.

“The disability community is extremely underrepresented in media in general,” he told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “It’s a film festival about humanity.”

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“We are in the midst of a civil rights movement,” co-founder Anita Altman with UJA Federation added. “People with disabilities are increasingly making their voice and presence known and wanting us, the rest of the society, to step up to the plate.”

LINK: Film Festival Info From JCC

Many of the films are personal stories, giving a voice to a community not always in the spotlight, Adams reported.

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The film festival runs from March 6 to March 11. Films will be shown across the five boroughs, on Long Island and in Westchester.

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