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Mar 1

Mimi and Dona

Dir. Sophie Sartain USA 65 min Not Rated

2014

Presented with the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, a panel discussion with parents and family members who have an adult child with a developmental disability will follow this film.

MIMI AND DONA follows a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability. Mimi’s contemplation of her own mortality is complicated by the likelihood that she will not outlive her daughter and the need to find Dona a new home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities—some 4.6 million Americans, 75% of whom live at home with family—and details the ripple effects of Dona’s disability on three generations of a Texas family.

Tickets for this special screening at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater are free and limited to two per per person. To request a Spanish or ASL interpreter, patrons may contact brooke@filmstreams.org.

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