By Donia Fahim, Executive Director of Autism Friendly Spaces.
Today I had the pleasure of attending a prescreening of the documentary “Summer In The Forest”. I was fortunate to have time to speak with the talented director Randall Wright. The film is a beautiful poetic appreciation of humanity and the need for us to look beyond what is different and instead at what brings us together. The film honors the work of the great humanitarian Jean Vanier, but what touched me was the portrayal and window into the lives of people with intellectual disabilities who live in the L’Arche communities that Vanier founded. The film will be showing in April at the UN. You will laugh and cry. The cinematography is breathtaking! Please see it!
I loved the film. It’s incredibly beautiful and with so many important take home messages. I believe the film can be used to support some important dialogue about how we better service, acknowledge, respect & appreciate individuals with intellectual disability in the community.