Book on autism comes to life on screen

The second film in the Sid Williams Theatre Society’s Sid Docs series will be screened Nov. 28.

The second film in the Sid Williams Theatre Society’s Sid Docs series will be screened on Monday Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

Life, Animated is a coming-of-age story about Owen Suskind, who ceased speaking at three years old, disappearing into autism. The film tells the story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. Life, Animated interweaves classic Disney sequences with verité scenes from Owen’s life, along with original animations based on Owen’s own drawings, where he imagines himself heroically facing adversity with his tribe of sidekicks.

The documentary is based on the best-selling book, Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, by Owen’s father, Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Suskind.

Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams has captured the magnificence of Owen’s remarkable transformation: from a life of lonely isolation to the independence of young adulthood. Owen’s inspirational story is a potent reminder that stories serve as a powerful means of persevering through dark times and moving us all toward the light.

Life, Animated screens Monday, Nov. 28 and begins at 7 p.m.

This Sid Docs film is generously sponsored by Hot Chocolates.

Other upcoming Sid Docs include Zimbelism (Jan. 30) and Life Itself (March 13).

Tickets for these documentaries are $5 for the general public and $3 for members (plus applicable handling fees). Purchase in person at the Ticket Centre Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by phone 250-338-2430, or online at sidwilliamstheatre.com

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