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A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism
A film by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

103 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2010

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Narrated by Oscar® winner Kate Winslet and directed by Oscar® nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, 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.

Among the experts and advocates Margret encounters are:
• Dr. Temple Grandin, best-selling author and autism advocate, recently the subject of an HBO film starring Claire Danes
• Dr. David G. Amaral, Research Director, MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute
• Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen, Director, Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge
• Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks
• Soma Mukhopadhyay, who developed the Rapid Prompting Method to teach her autistic son Tito, now a published author
• Portia Iverson and Jonathan Shestack, parents of an autistic child and founders of Cure Autism Now

Music by Sigur Rós and Björk.

Watch the Trailer


"Witness a miracle as it happens! A Mother’s Courage will allow people to once again have hope." - Rosie O'Donnell

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

"A Mother’s Courage does not sugarcoat autism, or celebrate it, or cure it. Its strength lies in that it shows the heart-wrenching reality of what families have to go through – the pain they feel when their bubbly, verbal child regresses and becomes autistic. It is a good resource for promoting community awareness that families can share with relatives and neighbors to gain a better understanding of what those affected by autism go through every day." - Chantal Sicile-Kira (Author of 41 Things To Know About Autism), Huffington Post

Recommended Reading

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's by Temple Grandin

Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds by Jenny McCarthy

Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay

How Can I Talk If My Lips Don't Move: Inside My Autistic Mind by Tito Mukhopadhyay

41 Things to Know about Autism (Good Things to Know) by Chantal Sicile-Kira


See details about this film's theatrical run.

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism - Official Website

HALO - Helping Autism through Learning and Outreach

Autism Speaks

The Autism Society of America

Autism Research Institute

Generation Rescue

National Autism Association

Disc Features

●  Autism Resource Guide
●  Closed captions

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