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For Once in My Life | Review - SXSW Film 2010

Directors: James Bigham, Javier Pena Led by music director, Javier Pena, The Spirit of Goodwill Band features 29 members of varying mental and physical disabilities (Autism, Down Syndrome, blindness, etc.). For example, there is Terry, the blind lead singer and saxophone player; Christian, the blind and autistic pianist; Nancy is a soprano who takes care of her two older siblings despite her mental disabilities; Sam, the drummer, who did not thrive in his mother's womb; and many other stories...each one different, each one amazing. The Spirit of Goodwill Band members face the challenges shared by anyone who wants to become a musician. They must first learn an instrument and then they must learn how to play together as a band. Most of them never played an instrument before joining The Spirit of Goodwill Band, and those that did play an instrument had never played in a band before. The narrative
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