Wednesday, September 2, 2009

October Screenings of "Rachel Is" by sibling Charlotte Glynn

Join us for a screening of Rachel is, by filmmaker and sibling Charlotte Glynn!

Manhattan: October 7, 6 p.m.
Anthology Film Archives (2nd Street and 2nd Ave.)
This screening will be followed by a brief discussion organized by YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities.

Westchester: October 14, 6 p.m.
The Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville
This screening will be followed by a discussion organized by the Westchester Arc.

Rachel is - an honest, heartbreaking and funny film about disability, family ties and the universal struggle for happiness.

In her feature directorial debut, Charlotte Glynn moves home to chronicle the last year of school for her sister, Rachel. Rachel has a developmental disability. Rachel is mysterious, funny, difficult and full of contradictions. Without the skills to comfortably inhabit adult life, and with limited services to help her develop them, Rachel and her family don’t know what she will do when she finishes school. Yet what Rachel longs for most is what most people her age want – greater independence – a seemingly impossible dream that is taking its toll on her family relationships.

Rachel is moves past the safety of political correctness and into the most intimate and honest moments in one family's life as a sibling searches to understand how her sister with a disability sees the world and how the world sees her.