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FREEBIRD
BY MICHAEL J. MCDONALD, JOE BLUHM
(CANADA)

Freebird is the coming-of-age story of a boy with Down Syndrome who learns to navigate the world with a loving mother, an absent father, a classroom bully, and a life-long crush.

 
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THE MOUNTAIN IN HIS BLOOD
BY FABRICE HURÉ
(FRANCE)

Waiting for a kidney transplant and dialysis for over 22 years, Fabrice is an active and accomplished sportsman who has great passion of the mountain. A passion he can practice with hemodialysis long night in individual rooms in Rennes which exists since 2002.

 

Fabrice decided to challenge himself out standard, for a dialysis patient, to start of the mythical diagonal crazy on the Island of the Reunion. This is the Bourbon Trail of 112 km and its 6500 m of elevation gain. The virtuous circle of long dialysis nocturnal is approached with the parallel of the particular sports preparation for an ultra trail. We will meet his everyday life, his friends, his doctor, his days before the race, his motivation that drives him to participate in this kind of adventure.

 
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WANNA HANG OUT
BY ANDREW KEOGH
(IRELAND)

‘Wanna Hang Out’ raises very serious questions about being safe online and how do you know who you are befriending and speaking with is actually who they say they are.

 
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WE HEAR YOU | NOW HEAR US 
BY CAROLINA CORDERO
(UNITED STATES)NEAL JOHNSON

(UNITED STATES)

We Hear You is a groundbreaking one-hour documentary about hearing loss, the invisible disability that impacts 430 million people worldwide. By shining a light on the hearing loss experience, it strives to build awareness, community and a more inclusive world for all.

Hearing loss is not always accurately represented in mainstream media. Of the 48 million Americans who have trouble hearing, less than 5% use sign language as their primary form of communication. Yet sign language is the lived experience that is most often portrayed on the large and small screen. Until now.

 
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FLOWER POT
BY NEGAR CHEGENI
(IRAN)

Amir Hossein has Down syndrome and takes care of his plastic flower

every day to make it bloom...

 
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DEAF REACH: HOPE FOR PAKISTAN
BY JOHN E. QUATROCHE II
(UNITED STATES)

In Pakistan, an American expatriot and his Filipina wife have led the development of education opportunities for deaf children and young adults for over 20 years.

 

They began with nothing more than a dream and now have educated more than 5,000 deaf students; established Deaf Reach schools in 8 different cities; and have current enrollment over 1,200. “Deaf Reach: Hope for Pakistan,” a documentary short film, tells their story and highlights some of their students, parents, graduates, and staff.

 

The film also spotlights recent achievements in international collaboration

and higher education.

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