Thursday, 4 June 2015

Her Name is Sabine [2008 French documentary film] - Autism Rights [Scotland]

"This is a preview of the 85-minute beautifully filmed directorial debut by acclaimed French actress Sandrine Bonnaire. The documentary won the International Film Critics Federation Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

The film tells the story of two sisters - Sandrine herself, one of France's most successful actresses and holder of two C├ęsar awards, and that of her severely autistic sister Sabine. The contrast between these two women's lives could not be more stark - making for compelling if not disquieting viewing. But more central to the film is the disparity between the pre and post-institutionalized Sabine. Images of the youthful vibrant Sabine are interspersed with footage of the Sabine of today - 30kg heavier, sluggish, sometimes drooling, at times violent and frequently distressed."


'Her Name is Sabine' in the Guardian, 20 June 2008


Autism Rights

"Autism Rights was established to research, lobby and campaign for the human rights of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Scotland, in particular to campaign for the provision of appropriate health treatment, education, social welfare and justice.

The founding members of Autism Rights are all parents and carers of people with an ASD and were long-standing members of the now defunct Cross-Party Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorders of the Scottish Parliament. We are not in receipt of income, nor do we intend to apply for any, that is directly or indirectly supplied by local, devolved, or central government.

The European Charter of Rights for Persons With Autism is the main policy upon which we will base our campaign. This charter was adopted by the European Parliament in 1996."

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