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Life, Animated

Synopsis
The remarkable story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. The films become a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. By interweaving classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel forge a conduit for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. With an arsenal of narratives at his disposal, Owen rises to meet the challenges of adulthood in this moving coming-of-age tale.
Extras:
-Commentary with the Suskind family
-Five Deleted Scenes
-Short Film: Land of the Lost Sidekicks
-Educational Resource
-Theatrical Trailer
Language
English (United States)
Country
United States
Year of production
2017
Subjects
Education
Keywords
child development; childhood; empathy; speech therapy

Credits

Director
Roger Ross Williams

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£4.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
92 minutes
Year
2019

Distributor

Name

Dogwoof Pictures

Email
oli@dogwoofpictures.com
Web
http://www.dogwoof.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7395 1217
Fax
020 7900 3270
Address
2nd Floor, 1A Neal’s Yard
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9DP
Notes
Dogwoof is an independent distributor specialising in quality films from around the world that raise awareness, trigger change, and get people involved. The main focus is socially conscious films including THE AGE OF STUPID, THE END OF THE LINE, BURMA VJ and BLACK GOLD. Sale on DVD. In Autumn 2011 Dogwoof launched Popup Cinema (http://popupcinema.net/) to allow non-theatric screenings of their just-released and classic titles.
 

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