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Seeing the Unseen (2019)

Að sjá hið ósýnilega (original title)
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Icelandic documentary that looks into the lives of 17 Icelandic women who all have one thing in common; a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum.
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Elín Sigurðardóttir ... Herself
Embla Sól Björgvinsdóttir ... Herself
Eydís Eva Guðlaugsdóttir ... Herself
Guðlaug Svala Steinunnar Kristjánsdóttir ... Herself
Guðrún Böðvarsson ... Herself
Hulda Guðbjörg Þórðardóttir ... Herself
Ingibjörg Elsa Björnsdóttir ... Herself
Jóhanna Stefánsdóttir ... Herself
Jórunn Dögg Stefánsdóttir ... Herself
Kristín Vilhjálmsdóttir ... Herself
Kristjana Jónsdóttir ... Herself
Laufey Eyþórs ... Herself
Linda Sólveigar Guðmundsdóttir ... Herself
Ragnhildur Gísladóttir ... Herself
Sunna Sigfúsdóttir ... Herself
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Icelandic documentary that looks into the lives of 17 Icelandic women who all have one thing in common; a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum. The film aims to shed light on the role autism plays in their lives, as well as exploring the question as to why autistic women and girls have remained invisible to society for so long. Answers are offered in the words of the women themselves, and through the insight of specialists experienced in working with autistic women and girls. We also look at how a lack of understanding and proper support negatively affects the well being of these women and their families. Autistic women are gifted individuals with many talents that can be of value to society, if they are given the chance to share them. It's time for the world to see the unseen.

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Iceland

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Icelandic

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6 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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Seeing the Unseen See more »

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Such an important film
11 June 2019 | by MartianTomSee all my reviews

Seeing this film was the second most important event in my life. The first was getting my autism diagnosis 4 years ago, at age 56. That diagnosis was like having the Enigma code of my life finally broken, Suddenly, my life all made sense to me. The social exclusion from an early age. The bullying - both in school and at work. The fact that I failed miserably at school and was condemned as an 'idiot', a 'retard', a 'dunce' - only for me then to go on to get into Mensa with an IQ of 148, and to get a university degree at age 30.

And then I saw this film. And it was the final confirmation. Here, I saw and heard of the lives of people who'd lived my own life, experienced my own experiences. People who understood where I was coming from - and in a way that very few other people could.

This is an important film which will resonate down through the years. If you really want to understand what it's like to be autistic, don't watch 'Rainman', 'The Accountant', 'The Big Bang Theory' or 'Star Trek'. Watch this. It's not fiction.

It's as real as it gets.

I should know.


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