The Ability Exchange. Director: Bing Wang. Screening by NYU Tandon

For NYU Community


Directed by Bing Wang  |  RT 1 hr 15 min 

  • Q&A With Filmmaker Bing Wang and NYU professor ALLAN GOLDSTEIN after the screening
  • Reception with refreshments following the Q&A in the Pfizer Auditorium Foyer 

"The Ability Exchange" is an intimate documentary film that delves into an innovative Disability Studies course taught by Allan Goldstein at NYU Tandon in which engineering students and self-advocates with cerebral palsy explore their own abilities — how they move, talk, think and connect — by making movies. 

                          "a one-man band empathy engine"—Indiewire

Join us afterwards for a thought-provoking discussion on the film and educational innovations that address the needs of disabled persons, followed by a reception.

A Brooklyn transplant by way of his native China, Bing is a documentary filmmaker who adores cinéma vérité and loves to investigate family, communication and identity topics. His self-produced and directed feature documentary, “The Ability Exchange” explores inclusion and empathy through the transforming relationship between engineering students and self-advocates with cerebral palsy in an intimate classroom environment. He is also known for his editorial role in Heather White and Lynn Zhang’s powerful feature “Who Pays The Price: The Human Cost of Electronics” and Fusion’s TV documentary “Lavender Marriage.” Bing associate produced Ursula Liang’s award-winning film “9-Man” and is currently developing a new project about gay deaf parenting (for which he is researching how to improve “deaf cinema” technically, aesthetically, and ethically). 

The Pfizer Auditorium is wheelchair accessible and The Moses Center provides CART services for attendee(s) who request CART due to a hearing loss disability (please allow one week's notice). Indicate any specific needs for accommodation when filling out the registration form.