EVMS ASD Program Presents: Life, Animated

Category: Theatre

Past Dates & Times
  • Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 6:00 - 8:30pm
Location

Eastern Virginia Medical School 
700 West Olney Rd

Details

As part of Autism Awareness Month, the EVMS Autism Spectrum Disorder Program will be hosting a FREE community screening of the Oscar nominated documentary LIFE, ANIMATED. The screening will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 6pm at 700 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, VA 23507 (Roper Auditorium, Lewis Hall, EVMS Campus). Please join us for free movie snacks, film screening, and panel discussion! See below for details on the film. Call (757) 446-5176 for more information about this event. LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The documentary interweaves classic Disney sequences with scenes from Owen’s life in order to explore how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and allowed him to interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity as a member in a tribe of sidekicks. Owen’s story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times, leading us all toward the light.

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