Monday, 8 October 2007

Autism: The Musical

Director: Tricia Regan
Country: USA

This documentary follows a group of autistic children involved in the Miracle Project, a workshop for kids with autism, their family, and their friends, aimed at creating and performing a live musical production. The film focuses on five of the children and their families, and shows their everyday struggles during the six-month period of the Miracle Project.

This one really tugs on the heartstrings. It shows how the condition of autism is so stigmatized and ignored by society, particularly by the health care system in the United States, and clearly conveys how difficult it is to be a parent of an autistic child. It also gives hope by making the Miracle Project the core of the story, showing that there are people out there who care, and strive to make a difference to these people's lives.

I truly hope that this film gets a wide distribution in order to remove the stigma of this condition and make everybody understand that these are regular kids. I recommend anybody who can get access to this film to see it, and to tell everybody they know to see it. It would especially appeal to people with autism, and people who know somebody autistic.

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