Community Cinema recently hosted two screenings of the Independent Lens film The Horse Boy with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, who is presenting five Independent Lens documentaries with us this season. The film explores the Issacson's family journey as they travel halfway across the world in search of a miracle to heal their son with autism. Neversee Davis, Recreation Director at Von King Recreation Center in Brooklyn, shares her experience:
Yesterday we hosted two screenings of The Horse Boy and were honored to host Rupert Isaacson, the father who shares his family’s story in the film. The afternoon screening attracted dozens of students and youth who were moved by the film and realized that autistic children are just like regular teens -- they need the love and guidance of a support system to thrive. The evening screening was attended by a diverse audience, including many parents that shared their experiences raising children with autism.
After the film, Rupert was there to answer questions and to share his story in person. I taught Special Education for 25 years and this film blew my mind. How far would you go to save a child, or save a loved one? The Horse Boy showed me that you need to keep pushing until you reach your dreams and goals for the one you love. - Neversee Davis Recreation Director, Von King Recreation Center, NY The Horse Boy will air nationally on Independent Lens on May 11 at 10:00 PM on PBS (check local listings).
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