Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy

CinemAbility (2012 documentary)

A star-studded documentary that explores the evolution of disability portrayals in film and television from the silent era to the present, to discover the impact of the media in the transformation of societal inclusion of those with disabilities. The director, Jenni Gold, has Muscular Dystrophy and has used a wheel chair since the age of seven.  She directed her first award-winning feature film in 1997 and in 2001 founded Gold Pictures at Universal Studios.

Je zal het maar hebben (2008 TV mini-series)  Episode: Joost & Britt  Dutch

The healthy young presenter Valerio Zeno, attempts to experience the fate of young Dutch people affected by various medical conditions. Each episode has two subjects.  Valerio shows and explains what each condition entails and how it alters the subjects’ lives. In this episode Valerio accompanies Britt(22) who suffers from congenital muscular dystrophy with nerosine deficiency shopping, to the hairdresser and on a spoon-fed dinner with friends.  (He also spends time empathizing with the  boy, Joost, who has a severe birthmark.)

A Day in the Life of Felix (2008 documentary)

Nemaline Myopathy is a rare form of muscular dystrophy. This film documents how one boy deals with it on a day to day basis.

Knuckleball: The Documentary (2007 documentary)

Knuckleball is the story of Brett Leake who was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at 13. With the support of his family, he has become a nationally recognized comedian appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno five times.

Darius Goes West (2007 documentary)

Darius Weems, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, travels across the country with eleven friends on a mission to get his wheelchair customized by MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.”

Charlie’s Lake (2007 TV documentary short)

Explores a year in the life of Jon Whitmer, a man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

39 Pounds of Love (2005 documentary)

The story of Ami Ankilewitz,, an American-born Israeli who at the age of 1 was diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy that renders him immobile, except for one finger, which he uses to work as a 3D animator. His doctor predicated he’d die before the age of six. In his thirties, Ami, weighing only 39 pounds, still survives and “loves life. The film follows a cross-country journey with friends to search for the doctor who thought he wouldn’t survive.

White Cane and Wheels (2004 short)

An exploration of the 14-year marriage of a man with muscular dystrophy and a woman blind from retinitis pigmentosa. The filmmaker is the woman’s nephew.

Inside I’m Dancing (2004)

When a boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy moves into his room in the a residential home for the disabled he befriends a young man with cerebral palsy.

Le chiavi di casa (2004)

Meeting his handicapped (muscular dystrophy) son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

Independent Little Cuss (1996 documentary short)

Robbed early by muscular dystrophy of her ability to walk, Carole Patterson becomes a famous disability advocate known for ferocity, wit, and media saavy.  Her disability and her bisexuality become issues for their extended families when she agrees to marry a straight, non-disabled man.  The filmmaker is the subject’s nephew.

Paperhouse (1988)

A girl, lost in the loneliness of her own world, discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a boy who can’t walk (multiple sclerosis).

A Time to Live (1985 TV movie)

The problems of a mother who helps her son in his struggles against muscular dystrophy. From the true story of Peter and Mary-Lou Weisman.

Q.E.D. (1982 TV series documentary) Episode: Mark, His Sister and the Scientists

Documentary about Mark Madgett, a sufferer from Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, a nd his sister Tracey who does not have the disease but could be a carrier. Scie ntists are trying to establish a test to find out if Tracey is affected.

World in Action (1963 TV series documentary) Episode: Wednesday’s Children

A report on Muscular Dystrophy that examines what can be done for those suffering the disease.

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