FORGED IN THE FIRE
ABOUT THE FILM
Breaking the mold has been a signature of Alana’s story her entire life. 6-time Paralympic medalist, advocate, and radical human Alana Nichols takes on her greatest challenge yet, becoming a mother. FORGED IN THE FIRE explores the previously untold story of Alana’s life and rise to athletic greatness through a painful path that forged her resilience.
Forged in the Fire is a hybrid documentary film combining a blend of cinema verite style documentary footage, powerful archival, and inviting 2D animation. The film weaves together a journey through pain, triumph and life’s precious moments.
Alana Nichols and I are co-writing the animation scenes, deeply connecting the audience with her authentic experience.
I envision a world where stories of people with disabilities are equitably represented. 20% of all humans identify as disabled, yet the few disability stories made are often reduced to tropes of inspiration.
We focus on Alana as an extraordinary human and disability is a part of her life. Just like all the other ways she identifies – sister, athlete, leader, advocate, and now mother. Her journey is one to fully love and accept herself as she makes the next pivotal transition in her life.
– Shaina Allen, Director & Co-Writer