On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los ... See full summary »
In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.
On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to walk and unable to speak. Kept in severe isolation by her parents with virtually no human contact for more than 10 years, she was confined to her bedroom, tied to her potty-chair and left to fend for herself. As Cronkite noted, it was one of the most horrendous cases of child abuse ever to surface. Much like an animal, the girl spat, sniffed and clawed. She had none of the traits or characteristics of conventional human behavior, nor could she comprehend such modern societal conveniences as silverware or bathroom etiquette. Her emotional development was practically non-existent, and she could not speak. With this heartbreaking story, the world was being introduced to a fragile, beautiful teenager who seemed and behaved like an infant, or ... Written by
Katie, do you remember what you're supposed to do before you reach for something at the table? You're supposed to ask. Now, can you say, "May I please have the applesauce"?
Come on, Katie, I know you can say that.
Don't torture the child. If she doesn't want to say anything, she doesn't have to.
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Written by Mark Hart
Performed by Bo Weevil and the Beau Weevils See more »
Mockingbird Don't Sing seemed to portray a very close comparison to the life Katie has lived. This isn't a movie of great excitement and joy, but then again, most of her life wasn't a very pretty picture. Her father was the main enforcer in this tragedy she went through. It seemed as though he had no clue what he was doing. His actions were immoral, violent, and showed no love for his daughter. His last letter said "The world will never understand." It raises the question if he maybe had a good reason for excluding his daughter from society and all it has to offer. A man wrote "No ideas can be shown scientifically to be right or wrong"(Deflem 1). The fact is that if the girl was born retarded or not, Katie was deprived of her childhood and civilization which lead to her problems and abnormalities. The best part about this story is that people never gave up on her once she was found. As the film came to a close, there wasn't a smile on my face, but I think the objective of the movie is to acknowledge the idea that a life is very precious and often turns out the way it has been molded.
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