HBO: A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism

A MOTHER’S COURAGE: TALKING BACK TO AUTISM An official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival Narrated by Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet Music by Sigur Ros and Bjork and an appearance by Temple Grandin Premieres on HBO on World Autism Awareness Day: Friday, April 2nd at 6 p.m. ET/PT Imagine not being able to express your thoughts or feelings to anyone. Imagine having to depend on the assistance of others with every mundane task. Imagine living with these limitations despite having an active mind. In A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism, the mother of an autistic boy from Iceland travels to the U.S. to research new therapies for children with autism, in the hopes of unlocking the autistic mind. A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism, a documentary by Academy Award®-nominated director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, tells the story of Margret, an Icelandic woman whose 10-year-old son Keli is severely autistic. Though she has tried a number of treatments, Margret is at the end of her rope, fearing that Keli may never be self-sufficient or express himself normally. Still, Margret has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about this mysterious and complex condition. In an effort to better understand her son’s autism, she travels from Iceland to the United States and Europe, where she meets with scientists and experts in the fields of autism and autism therapies. Along the way, she also connects with families with autistic children, and hears stories of their efforts to help their kids interact with the world around them. Over the course of her journey, Margaret meets Soma Mukhopadhyay, Executive Director of Education of the HALO Clinic in Texas. Soma developed a technique, which she calls the Rapid Prompting Method, and Keli slowly starts to answer basic questions during his first session with Soma. Finally Margret is given a glimmer of hope that her son may be able to communicate on a level she never expected. A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism premieres Friday, April 2 at 6 p.m. ET/PT (Approx. 103 minutes)


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