Disability representation matters and has been a long-time advocacy issue in the film industry, as actors without disabilities are far too often cast for roles of characters with a disability. As a person with multiple disabilities, I get excited when I see different disabilities represented in the media.
One of the first things I do is look up online if the actor playing the part has a disability in real life. If I find out they do, my excitement grows. If I find out they don’t, which happens a lot, I feel disappointed and unseen. I followed this same process when I first saw the preview for the film, Run, which starred a wheelchair user. I was ecstatic to find out that the emerging actor, Kiera Allen, was a wheelchair user in real life like me. At that moment, I set my alarm for the Hulu premiere on Nov. 20, 2020.
Run is directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. Kiera Allen stars as the main charac