Science Oxford and UPP present the remarkable story of Owen, a boy living with autism, and how he uses Disney as a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. Owen had stopped speaking when he was three and was interested in nothing save for Disney animated films. By using quotes from the likes of Simba, Ariel and Jafar, he was finally able to open up, and his family discovered a porthole into their son’s mind. Using home footage, animation and family interviews, join us for a moving and inspiring documentary on communication, language and the importance of family.
The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Steven Chance from the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences and chaired by Science Oxford.
From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams. USA, 2016. 1h 32m. Starring Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Rosenblatt
WINNER – best directing (US Documentary) Sundance Film Festival 2016
‘A beguiling mix of animated storytelling and narration that doesn’t flinch from exploring the emotional highs and lows that accompany a life with autism.’ ★★★★★ Lanre Bakare, The Guardian
‘It’s the best Disney movie that Disney didn’t make.’ Eric Kohn. IndieWire
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