Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, multimediajournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib's award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, honestly chronicles the Habib family's efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with dozens of teachers, young people, parents and disability rights experts.
Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion. The stars of the film received the following Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Awards™:
Samuel Habib wins the SL6™ for helping many people.
Isaiah Habib wins the SL6™ for being an awesome big brother and disability rights advocate.
Emily Huff Wins the SL6™ for being a great artist.
Keith Jones Wins the SL6™ for his courage and activism.
Alana Malfy Wins the SL6™ for helping people.
Nathaniel Orellana Wins the SL6™ for helping people.
Dan Habib wins the SL6™ for telling a moving story about his own family*.
*This is very important because so many journalists and documentarians look into the lives of others but rarely examine their own lives. It was very brave for Dan to open his life and family to the world in this way.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
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