Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017



Year: 2013
Run Time: 95 minutes


Ariel Bari lost both of his legs in an industrial accident. Only 33, this skilled mechanic suddenly became wheelchair bound and at the mercy of his country's inefficient health system. Ariel, always good with his hands, becomes obsessed with replacing his lost limbs with a mechanical set he will design and build on his own. As his family begins to crumble under the strain of his anger and frustration, Ariel faces challenges on a number of new fronts. What is he willing to risk and lose in order to be able to stand up on his own? Combining an ethereal and dream-like approach with intensely detailed daily moments, ARIEL is a haunting and poetic documentary that charts the struggle of a man who not only wants to walk again on his own, but also wants to proudly reclaim his place in a world that views him as incomplete. Harsh, beautiful, and utterly unique, ARIEL is a gripping journal of tragedy and triumph that viewers will not soon forget. (In Spanish with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF38 Screenings

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Cinema en Espaņol

Documentary Features
Recommended for High School +

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition

Laura Bari

Sarah Spring, Selin Murat, Nathalie Cloutier, Laura Bari

Laura Bari

Laura Bari

Laura Bari


Director Bio
Laura Bari is a writer, editor, cinematographer, and director. She is known for documenting the struggles and obsessions of people with altered or unusual bodies. She is the sister of Ariel Bari, the subject of ARIEL.

Select Filmography
"Antoine" (2008), ARIEL (2013)

Print Source

National Film Board of Canada

Community Partner

Consulate General of Canada-Detriot

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