The United States of Autism
An Oscar qualifying documentary with a post show discussion and meet and greet with the focal subject, Tim Welsh and Executive Producer, Dan Sokola!
11,000 Miles. 40 Days. 5 Languages. 1 Dream. If there ever was a story about the heart of America, it’s found in families affected by autism. Like so many people say about America, they say these kids have their best days behind them. You can hear those in authority saying that their situation is hopeless and to redefine what is “normal.” Many parents see a system that is corrupt or inept and lose hope while their support systems crumble and they’re forced to go it alone. Yet, some decide to rise above the fray. What drives them? Who are these people? How are they changing their communities? Recorded in the original languages of it’s citizens, the film weaves a broad net across the spectrum of American life in all its faiths, disparities, colors, lifestyles, and cultures. It’s a story about the best days still lying ahead for our nation, the families, and the People who give America it’s heart. (c) Official Facebook (2013, Richard Everts, United States, English, CC not available, 94 min, NR, DCP)
“The documentary clarifies the breadth of the autism spectrum, from those who lack basic language and/or motor skills to those at the high-functioning end who do not seek a “cure” but rather social acceptance in the name of neurological diversity.” — Ronnie Scheib, Variety
“This emotional documentary succeeds in putting a human face on this growing health issue.” — Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
“Although it favors breadth over depth, the documentary The United States of Autism offers a tender look at an eclectic array of children, their parents and other individuals affected by this ever-increasing developmental disability.” — Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times