Breaking Barriers

The Ricardo Fitzpatrick Story

Ricardo shares his story as a differently-abled person, from a bodybuilder to a powerlifter. Despite having his leg amputated, he remains optimistic and strives to achieve more. He empowers others, cares for his community and aims to revive his town's Multipurpose Centre.

Screenings – CT
Lab1Sun 2 July 12pm+ Q&A
Screenings – JHB
BioFri 23 June 7pm+ Q&A


Eric Kok


South Africa



Running Time:

24 min



Ricardo has a joyful disposition while he shares his journey of living as a differently able bodied individual. Having his leg amputated as an infant, he reflects on his life against the backdrop of developing from a bodybuilder to a powerlifter. Ricardo highlights his disability as a catalyst for yearning to achieve more regardless of his limited abilities. He also remains a full-time employee of the Premier’s Office as a Network Controller. Over and above this, he believes in spending his time empowering others and caring for his community. In the future he hopes to revive his town’s Multipurpose Centre.

The Subtle Art of Performance Shorts Block includes Faces of Fortune, Coach, A Performance on Femininity, Breaking Barriers: The Ricardo Fitzpatrick Story

Courtesy of The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC)