Award winning documentary and short film to screen in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.
World Down Syndrome Day pays tribute to the achievements of people with Down Syndrome and in celebration, a screening of the new Australian documentary, Dance Like Nobody's Watching (pictured), and Tropfest-winning short film, Be My Brother, will be held on March 22 at the Cremorne Orpheum Cinema, Cremorne Sydney, with all proceeds going to Down Syndrome NSW.
Both films share stories of people with Down syndrome and they will inspire you to take affirmative action in your own life, to help break down social barriers and bring about meaningful change.
Dance Like Nobody's Watching, which recently picked up the Best Society Concern Award at the Sichiuan TV Festival 'Gold Panda' Awards in China, follows the journey of Paul Matley, a charismatic young man with Down Syndrome, as he meets with teachers, doctors, parents and members of the general public to try to uncover what it means to have Down syndrome in Australia in the 21st Century.
The documentary is not just about Down syndrome, it is about all disabilities and how we treat people with disabilities.
The film's director Elizabeth Collins explains, "The ultimate intention of the documentary is to make the audience begin thinking and talking about Down syndrome and disability, and hopefully start to bring about positive social change."
Also set to screen on this night is the short film Be My Brother, directed by young filmmaker Genevieve Clay who took out the main prize at 2009's Tropfest with the film. Clay was inspired to make Be My Brother after meeting the film's star, Gerard O'Dwyer, who has Down syndrome. Armed with a good sense of humour, this is a warm-hearted drama which manages to challenge prejudices head on.
Dance Like Nobody's Watching director Elizabeth Collins and star Paul Matley will participate in a Q&A after the screening, and are available for media interviews.
When: 6.30pm for 7pm, Monday, 22 March 2010
Where: Cremorne Orpheum Cinema, 380 Military Road, Cremorne
Cost: Suggested donation of $20
Bookings Contact: 02 9841 4404 or www.dsansw.org.au