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A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism

Director- Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Run Time - 103 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD
Year - 2010
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interest- Disability Studies, Family Relations, Medicine, Psychology, Science

Institutional DVD Price: $295

Narrated by Kate Winslet, this inspiring film follows one woman's quest to unlock her autistic son's mind. Margret, whose ten-year-old son Keli is severely autistic, has tried a number of treatments to help her son.

Consumed by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about this mysterious and complex condition, she travels from her home in Iceland to the United States and Europe, meeting with top autism experts and advocates. She also connects with several other families touched by autism, whose struggles echo her own: the endless doctor visits and experiments with different treatments, the complication of doing everyday tasks, and the inability to communicate - perhaps the most painful and frustrating aspect of autism.

But as she comes across innovative new therapies with the potential to break down the walls of autism, Margret finds hope that her son may be able to express himself on a level she never thought possible.
"Truly's getting to witness a miracle as it happens. When I saw this film I thought, 'we have to get as many people to see this as possible', especially because autism is such an epidemic in the United States. A Mother's Courage will allow people to once again have hope." - Rosie O'Donnell

"A Mother's Courage does not sugarcoat autism, or celebrate it, or cure it. The movie's strength lies in that it shows the heart-wrenching reality of what families have to go through to get assessments, diagnosis and advice; it shows the reality of the pain parents feel when their bubbly, verbal child regresses and becomes autistic. This film is a good resource for promoting community awareness that families can share with their relatives and neighbors. They will gain a better understanding of what families effected by autism go through every day." - Author Chantal Sicile-Kira (41 Things To Know About Autism) on Huffington Post

"A mystery replete with miracles! It will leave audiences stunned and rethinking what has long been considered a disorder devoid of hope." - John Anderson, Variety