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Any Day Now

When a teenager with Down syndrome is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the loving family he's never had. But when their living arrangement is discovered, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own.
2013; 2012
Clemons (Stacks)

Educating Peter

When Peter Gwasdauskis, a child with Down syndrome, was mainstreamed into a public school, he had a lot to learn about dealing with differencesand so did his classmates. Filmed over the course of the third-grade school year, this 1992 Academy Award-winning documentary vividly captures Peters achievements and frustrations as he makes a place for himself among his peers. The program features interviews with Peters parents, teachers, fellow students, and aides, and also illustrates how his classmates wary tolerance grows into sincere acceptance as they actively involve themselves in his process of socialisation. "You think that you're teaching Peter things, but really Peter's teaching you things. We might be teaching him stuff like how to do things, but he's teaching us more how to thi [...]
2014; 1992

Who Should Survive?: One of the Choices on Our Conscience

A panel discusses the ethical, legal and scientific issues involved in the case of a mongoloid baby whose parents refused to grant permission for the necessary surgery to correct intestinal obstruction.
Ivy (By Request)

And Then Came John

When John McGough was born with Down syndrome, his mother, Lee, was told to place him in an institution by everyone she trusted-her doctor, her priest, her mother and her husband. She refused, and took John home. In the years that followed, John s presence in the family taught his mother, four brothers and a sister unique and invaluable lessons about loving and caring. But outside of the family, in urban Los Angeles, John faced a world of prejudice and rejection. When he graduated out of his "extended family" at a special high school and faced the rejections of the outside world, he became increasingly depressed. Then, John's life changed. His mother remarried, and moved the family from the city to the warm and accepting cocoon of a small town on the Northern California coast. John b [...]


This inspiring love story from Norway follows Kare Morten Watne and his girlfriend Maybritt Stusdal Matre, both of whom are affected with Down syndrome. They go on dates, fall in love and become engaged, much to the despair of Kare's loving but meddling mother. One day Maybritt discovers that Kare isn't wearing his engagement ring and believes Kare has broken up with her. The course of true love is never easy, but this has a happy ending. Through the peacemaking skills of Kare's best friend Per Erling Grindstein, who also has Down Syndrome, the loving couple is brought back together. The delightful quality of the film is in showing how people with disabilities are accepted and welcomed in this society. Kare and Per Erling are rabid fans of their local soccer team and help out with th [...]

Special Friends

This heartwarming film documents a friendship between two young women with Down syndrome. For nineteen years Ciara and Aileen have done everything together - pottery making, horseback riding, aerobics, disco dancing. They enjoy themselves immensely and because of their friendship each has been able to attain an impressive level of independence. Family support is the key ingredient in the success of this special friendship. Both mothers are strong, yet realistic, and brave enough to allow their daughters to take risks. Yet the mothers worry about the long-term problems that will face Ciara and Aileen when their mothers can no longer provide a home. This documentary shows that people with mental handicaps have the same needs as other adults: a job, a place to live, and relationships wi [...]

Monica & David

Explores the marriage of two adults with Down Syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have, an independent life. Full of humor, romance, and everyday family drama, intimate fly-on-the wall footage is used to reveal the complexity of their story. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, aware of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go.
2011; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)

To Be or Not to Be

At the beginning of To Be or Not To Be, two mothers wonder if there is a place in the world for their two sons. Isaac Larsen and Willie Smith have Down syndrome. Eventually the two are admitted to a "regular" elementary school program and the film then follows Isaac and Willie through their last year before sixth grade graduation. There are big questions to be answered. Can the two find a way to participate intellectually with their "normal" peers and will the other children accept them as part of the class? Or will the addition of these two add a crushing burden onto teachers who already have a full slate and take valuable time from other students? The film goes into the classroom to find answers, then follows all the sixth graders as they mount an ambitious production of Shakespear [...]