Roger Ross Williams, 2016, USA, 91 mins, certificate: PG
This multi-award-winning and Oscar nominated documentary moves, delights and inspires in equal measures, narrating the extraordinary story of Owen Suskind, who developed autism as a toddler and shut down all communication with his adoring parents and the world. That is, until he discovered the classic Disney animated films which helped him comprehend his real world. Today, an adult, Owen continues to be an inspiration to all, whilst struggling to adjust to adulthood (like most of us, after all). This is his story.
“★★★★ This touching documentary shows how cinema can be a vital tool in overcoming adversity.” Ewan Cameron, Little White Lies
“★★★★A documentary about how Disney cartoons reached a boy with autism is heartwarming and insightful” Wendy Ide, The Observer
“★★★★ Director Roger Ross Williams’s immensely rewarding documentary tells the story of the Suskind family and shows how love, sensitive parenting and watching tons of kids’ movies can save a life.” Leslie Felperin, Radio Times