Mar 6

Time to Love, A Backstage Tale

Presented as part of Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

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Time To Love, A Backstage Tale (Dir. Guido Bilbao) tells the story of a group of young actors who dare to mount La Cucarachita Mandinga, a classic Panamanian play. The actors, who have Down syndrome, lack prior stage experience, but plan to put on the first inclusive play ever staged in Central America. The filmmakers follow them as they work together to memorize lines, learn choreography, and challenge the public. This documentary explores the artistic process as well as these young people’s intimate world: their fears, their hopes, and their daily struggle for the adventure of their lives.


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This film is presented as part of Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. For the full festival schedule and more information, visit


Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Guido Bilbao, Director, Time to Love, A Backstage Tale, will introduce the film and participate in a post-film discussion.


Also participating in the panel: CO/LAB Theater Group and Actionplay, organizations that provide access to theater arts for people with disabilities. Panelists will discuss the power of theater as a means of expression and community-building for individuals with disabilities. Lincoln Center is delighted to present original work through performances by CO/LAB Theater Group and Actionplay following the film.


Guido Bilbao

Director, Time to Love, A Backstage Tale

Bilbao began his career as a political journalist and slowly migrated from nonfiction writing to making documentaries. A key theme running through Bilbao’s work is to counter preconceived ideas and find wisdom in unexpected places. Although his films have sometimes provoked controversy, he believes that spurring such reactions comes with his job as a journalist and filmmaker.


CO/LAB Theater Group

Becky Leifman (Co-founder and Executive Director of CO/LAB Theater Group)

CO/LAB Theater Group is a New York City–based non-profit dedicated to providing creative opportunities without limits and boundaries (CO/LAB). CO/LAB provides individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet for theater arts.



Aaron Feinstein, Founder and Executive Director

Actionplay is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum and related conditions equal access to education, arts, and culture.



Accessible seat locations available

Assistive listening devices with headsets and neck loops available


To request additional accommodations, please contact [email protected] or 212 875 5375.

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