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Normal Autistic Film (2016) 14

Czech Republic | 2016 | 90 min.

Children with autism don’t suffer from an incurable disease. They suffer because they are neurodiverse in a world set up for neurotypicals. With that perspective, the director embarks on a series of live meetings with a number of children and young adults who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. He gives them the opportunity to express freely their relationship with the world and with themselves, as well as what sets them apart from “normal”. We find that he’s brought us into the company of fun, fascinating people who often suffer because they are labelled as “disabled”. This excursion into the world of autism redefines the seemingly firm boundaries between “otherness” and normality.

CountryCzech Republic
Duration90 min
Directed by Miroslav Janek
Screenplay Miroslav Janek
Director of Photography Miroslav Janek
Edited by Tonička Janková
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A Czech director of documentary films, he started out as an amateur filmmaker. While living in the USA, he collaborated with many documentary filmmakers. After returning to the Czech Republic, he made a number of award-winning films, including The Unseen (Nespatřené, 1996), Cha-Ci-Pe (Chačipe, 2005), Citizen Havel (Občan Havel, 2008), Crimson Sails (Nachové plachty, 2001), Burning (Umanutá, 2012), Olga (2014) and Film Spa (Filmová lázeň, 2015).

Documentary, Psychology, Mental Health