Forget Me Not - AUDIO DESCRIBED (AD) VERSION (2021)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 40m

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World Digital Festival Premiere

Audio-Described version of Forget Me Not for audiences who are Blind or have low vision.

Presented in partnership with: Reel Abilities Film Festival New York, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, Chalkbeat, Cinema Tropical, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Inclusion International, INCLUDEnyc, Rooftop Films.

As 3-year-old Emilio is ready to start school, his family finds itself cornered in the United States’ most segregated education system - New York City public schools. Fighting for their son’s right to an inclusive education – where Emilio and other children with disabilities would be taught alongside their classmates without disabilities - film director Olivier and his wife Hilda investigate the personal stories of students and their parents in the US. With children with disabilities worldwide less likely to attend school, these experiences expose just a handful of the widespread injustices currently taking place in the educational system and beyond for kids with disabilities. Forget Me Not reveals a path to a more inclusive society that starts with welcoming diversity in the classroom.

“As a director, this is not only a story I will be telling – this is a story I am living. When I was a child, I didn’t go to an inclusive school. I was never exposed to anyone with intellectual disabilities, and I was ill-prepared for my own son’s arrival. I want to use this opportunity to make sure this never happens to anyone again.” Olivier Bernier, director, Forget Me Not

“What we’re talking about here is the society we want to have in the future in which people with disabilities are welcome. And inclusion is the beginning of that.” Thomas Hehir, film participant, Forget Me Not

  • Thank you to everyone who joined our digital film festival screening + live Q&A on May 19. You can still watch the film at your own pace until May 27, and view the recording of the Q&A with filmmaker Olivier Bernier, Hilda Bernier, Lydia X. Z. Brown, Director of Policy, Advocacy & External Affairs, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN), Sue Swenson, President of Inclusion International, and film participant Sabrina Queenan, moderated by Carlos Rios-Espinosa, Senior Researcher and Advocate in the Disability Rights Division, Human Rights Watch here on our Vimeo page.

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Director

Olivier Bernier

Language(s)

English