Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – 7:30pm
Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Details and ticket prices: www.thecinematheque.ca/framesofmind/autism-in-love
Finding and maintaining romantic relationships can be challenging for anyone, but for those with autism, impairments in social interaction and difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication can make it next to impossible. Or so you might think before watching Matt Fuller’s hopeful and affecting documentary on four adults with autism (all admittedly on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum). Lindsey and Dave, both in their early 30s, are contemplating marriage after a 10-year relationship that began when they meet at an autism conference. Middle-aged Stephen is trying to cope with his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Lenny, a socially isolated 22-year-old living with his mom, is desperately searching (so far unsuccessfully) for a girlfriend. Their stories — profound, hopeful, sometimes heartbreaking — provide a new and necessary perspective on what is without a doubt a universal human need.
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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Anthony Bailey, Professor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UBC.