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Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism, A

Imagine not being able to engage with the world around you. Imagine not being able to express your
feelings, dreams and aspirations to anyone, even if those feelings, dreams and aspirations are in no way less or inferior to those of other people. Imagine having to depend upon the assistance of others to complete even the simplest of tasks, like dressing or feeding yourself. Imagine living with all of these limitations despite being of sound mind; aware of everything that is going on around you but incapable of letting anyone know.

The Sunshine Boy, a documentary by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, tells the story of Margrét, a mother who has done everything in her power to help her son. Keli is eleven years old and is severely autistic - his parents do not even know if he understands Icelandic, let alone other languages. Although Margrét holds no unrealistic aspirations on behalf of her son Keli, she has a quenchless thirst for knowledge about the mysterious and complex condition that autism undeniably is. During her quest for information Margrét meets other families and hears their unique stories about how they too have been touched by autism.

On a course set to include the United States and Europe, she meets with scientists in the field of autism and autism therapies and the parents of autistic children who share her passion; to break down the wall between the children and the surrounding world. This journey becomes lengthier and more dramatic than she ever could have envisioned at the start. During the trip, she catches a glimpse of hope that her son can be helped to a larger degree than previously assumed.

Perhaps it is possible to break down the wall of autism and get to know the individual behind it?

Crew

About the film

  • Type
    Documentary
  • National Premiere Date
    January 9, 2009, Háskólabíó
  • Length
    103 min.
  • Language
    English
  • Original Title
    Sólskinsdrengurinn
  • International Title
    Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism, A
  • Production Year
    2009
  • Production Countries
    Iceland
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    Yes
  • Production Format
    HDV
  • Aspect Ratio
    16:9
  • Color
    Yes
  • Sound
    Dolby

Company Credits

Festivals

  • 2012
    Two Riversides Film and Art Festival, Polland
  • 2012
    Europe on Screen, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2012
    Santé, International Health Film Festival, France
  • 2011
    Imagésanté, International Health Film Festival
  • 2011
    Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Retro
  • 2011
    ImagéSanté International Health Film Festival
  • 2010
    International Film Festival Breda
  • 2010
    Off Plus Camera
  • 2010
    Festroia International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Artfilmfest International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Gimli Film Festival
  • 2010
    Summer Film School
  • 2010
    Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Göteborg International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, Icelandic and Norwegian Day
  • 2010
    Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • 2010
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Nominated for Documentary of the Year. Nominated for Sound Design of the Year (Kjartan Kjartansson, Steingrímur E. Guðmundsson, Björn Viktorsson). Nominated for Editor of the Year (Þuríður Einarsdóttir).
  • 2009
    Toronto International Film Festival - Award: Kanada
  • 2009
    Pusan International Film Festival - Award: S-Kórea
  • 2009
    Nordisk Panorama