Wednesday, September 22, 2010
"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, the film uses intimate fly-on-the wall footage 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.
Throughout the story, Monica and David’s capacity is countered by their need for assistance, establishing a vague gray line between adult and child. But their parents will not always be around, and Monica and David can handle adult responsibility when it’s allowed of them. Maria Elena has an epiphany moment, stating: “as parents, we want people to look upon our children with special needs like anyone else…And yet because we want to protect them so much, we are typically the first ones who treat them poorly by subconsciously denying them their rights to have a normal life.”
Monica & David on Television
U.S. Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, October 14, HBO–8pm ET / 7pm CT
We will air prime-time across the U.S. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month & National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the U.S.
SCREENING PARTIES AROUND the U.S. on October 14th
Host a party or find one near you: If you are in the U.S. and have HBO, please sign up to host a small screening party in your home. Don’t have HBO? Encourage your work, school, or community center to host a viewing party. We are preparing discussion guides and host packets to help you, and will soon launch a full online sign up. For now, please email us at: email@example.com
NOTE: For more information, and for some pictures and trailer, click on the title above.