24 hours in the lives of 8 families who have autistic children.




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Eight families, each with an autistic child, permit a camera crew into their houses for 24 hours to immerse us in their lives. The film is loosely organized around themes: yesterday (when the infants developed as expected for a year or so), diagnosis, morning chores (breakfast, teeth brushing, getting dressed), stress and exhaustion, marital strain, siblings, finances, school, everyday dangers, being in public, and the future. Throughout the parents are candid, sunny, poignant, and aware as they talk while interacting with their children. Parents communicate the difficulties of their lives, the redefinition of their hopes, and the bone-weary depth of their love for their children. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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9 May 2006 (USA)  »

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This movie is well done, and tells a story that needs to be told.
18 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am the mother of a 10 year old girl with Autism. This movie shows the reality that comes with having a child with a disability. The majority of the population can ignore the trials we live with every day, but that doesn't make them any less real, or any less heartbreaking. This film hit home for me, and it was like they were telling my story too. I've been through all the same things as they have and more. The endless sleepless nights and days, the screaming, people being really mean to us and acting like our daughter was just being a brat when they had no idea she is autistic, or even about why she was crying and pitching a fit. My daughter also ran out into mainstream traffic at age 2, and I thought my heart would stop, especially if she was hit by a car. I went to Walmart to buy a harness, and 4 different people told me I was cruel to do that to her. We just can't win. This film is a good beginning towards teaching others how it is for us. Not everyone has to deal with it, but someday, these children will be needing to have someone else care for them. We won't all live forever, and these things need to be shown to the world. Thank you!

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