Irish Film Institute -IFI Documentary Festival 2016: Life, Animated

IFI Documentary Festival 2016: Life, Animated

Director: Roger Ross Williams

92 mins, USA., 2016, Digital

A profoundly autistic boy learns to communicate through reciting memorised dialogue from Disney films in Roger Ross William’s inspirational case history. By the age of three Owen Suskind had withdrawn completely; no longer able to talk, with sleep and motor functions severely disrupted, his parents Ron and Cornelia were facing a future where Owen would be entirely dependent on others. Hope arrived in the most unlikely form when at age five he began to speak by way of quoting his beloved Disney characters. The film charts Owen’s transition in his early twenties towards independent living.

This event is screening as part of IFI Documentary Festival 2016 (September 22- 25)

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