Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  11 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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A Child Unlike Any Other

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Jan Maka was a child like any other, until his family's lives were turned upside down when it was discovered he had autism.

A Child Unlike Any Other

Jan Maka was a child like any other, until his family's lives were turned upside down when it was discovered he had autism. What is it like to live with a child affected by this neurological disorder? Through the voice of Jan's devoted mother and the comments of specialists, Anna Barczewska's touching short film introduces us to the demanding reality of autism, a condition characterized by a reduced ability to communicate with the outside world. Going beyond one family's story, A Child Unlike Any Other depicts the daily struggle of parents of autistic children and their efforts to obtain therapy. A poignant cry from the heart

In this short documentary about autism, director Anna Barczewska examines the complex challenge of raising autistic children. Through the voice of Jan's devoted mother and the comments of specialists, the film offers an introduction to this neurological disorder that reduces one’s ability to communicate with the outside world.

Citation

Main credits

Barczewska, Anna (film director)
Barczewska, Anna (screenwriter)
Jaiko, Claudette (film producer)

Other credits

Director of photography, Stanislaw Barua, Ali Reggab; animation, Marta Skreta, Konrad Skreta; music, Daniel Bouliane, André Mongeon.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Asperger and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Family Issues
Maternal and Child Health
Child Development

Distributor subjects

Children and Youth
Health and Medicine
Autism
Autism in children
Parents of autistic children

Keywords

; "A Child Unlike Any Other"; National Film Board of Canada; autism;

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