Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism

Director: Fridrik Thór Fridriksson

Cast: Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir, Kate Winslet, Dr. David G. Amaral

     
 
A mother's determination to help her autistic son takes her on a journey of discovery in this documentary from Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thór Fridriksson. Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir is a film producer who is also the mother of a young son, Keli. Keli has been diagnosed with a severe form of autism, and doctors in her native Iceland have been unable to find a

Overview

A mother's determination to help her autistic son takes her on a journey of discovery in this documentary from Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thór Fridriksson. Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir is a film producer who is also the mother of a young son, Keli. Keli has been diagnosed with a severe form of autism, and doctors in her native Iceland have been unable to find a suitable treatment for the boy, while a few have stated that Keli is, for all practical purposes, a lost cause. Ericsdóttir, however, refuses to believe that there is no way for her son to comprehend and communicate with the outside world, and she and Keli travel to the United States, where innovative new forms of therapy have been showing great promise. In America, Ericsdóttir meets with leading autism researchers around the country, speaks with Temple Grandin, an autistic who has become a professor of animal science, and is introduced to Soma Mukhopadhyay, the creator of a new technique for educating autistic children, the Rapid Prompting Method, which has proved to be remarkably effective. As Fridriksson and his camera crew follow Ericsdóttir on her search, their message becomes clear -- while there is still much we don't understand about autism, it is no longer as grim a diagnosis as it once was, and that there is hope even for those most severely effected by this condition. Narrated by Kate Winslet and featuring music by Sigur Rós and Björk, A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
UPC:
0720229914475
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
NR
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
68,477

Special Features

Director Interview; Resource Guide

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir Participant
Kate Winslet Narrator
David G. Amaral Participant
Simon Baron-Cohen Participant
Lori Collins Participant
Jason Collins Participant
David Crowe Participant
Taylor Crowe Participant
Geraldine Dawson Participant
Temple Grandin Participant
Lisa Helt Participant
Portia Iversen Participant
Linda Lange Participant
Catherine Lord Participant
Joseph Morrow Participant
Soma Mukhopadhyay Participant
Tito Mukhopadhyay Participant
Sally Rogers Participant
Jonathan Shestack Participant
Candace Smith Participant
Vernon Smith Participant
Thorkil Sonne Participant
Brenda J. Terzich Participant

Technical Credits
Fridrik Thór Fridriksson Director
Björk Score Composer
Thuridur Einarsdóttir Editor
Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir Producer
Jon Karl Helgason Cinematographer
Kjartan Kjartansson Sound Mixer
Kristín Ólafsdóttir Executive Producer
John Purdie Associate Producer
Sigur Rós Score Composer
Bjorn Viktorrson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism
1. Sunshine Son [16:28]
2. A Turning Point [9:37]
3. Treatment and Learning [12:21]
4. Self Expression [7:16]
5. Different Directions [16:46]
6. Regressive Onset [15:26]
7. Progress [14:34]
8. Learning to Communicate [12:19]

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