DIRECTOR: Jerry Rothwell
A Q & A will discuss the issues raised in the film.
USA / 2020
FRIDAY 30 APRIL 10.00AM
FRIDAY 28 MAY 10.00AM
RUNNING TIME: 82 MINS
As emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold.
Many films get critical raves for being lyrical, beautiful, insightful, one of a kind. This film really is like that. Using a caressingly intimate filmic style along with a liquid and luscious score, filmmaker Jerry Rothwell catalogues the lives of five autistic young people as they discover joy, realise insights that ordinary mortals cannot understand, and simply be themselves. He draws no conclusions, offers no expert insights and reveals no clever solutions to the challenges they face. He just tells their stories in such a way that you will be there, jumping, joyful, and marvelling along with the youngsters as they experience their lives, and live the way they are. Using low-key spoken overdubs from Naoki Higashida’s descriptions of his own experience of autism, it explores the laughter and tribulations of nonspeaking autistic people. This captivating film offers us a rare insight. Powerful, gripping, gorgeous!
AWARDS: Winner, Audience Award World Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2020