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An enlightening film about autism, specifically Aspergers, amongst other variants. The full complexity of these mental disorders are not yet known, but those ‘afflicted’ are specialized people, in that they experience the world in a specific way, such that ‘normal’ people might never understand. Imagination, affection, humor and the idiosyncrasies of existence are uniquely experienced and absorbed, in ways that non-autistic individuals can scarcely appreciate.

To say we have much to learn from autistic people is an understatement. The nature of the mind as a landscape, yet sometimes as a prison, is never more evident than when we see it in children. This playful, yet moving film shows us that standing apart and alone is not always a disease, but a challenge and process towards conscious and emotional evolution, no matter what hands we have been dealt.

“I am perfectly normal, everyone else is weird. The entire world is weird; I’m fine.”

Released: 2012

Similar films of interest: Mary and Max (trailer below):

At first I thought this was about cities. I watched it again, and I think it’s about the diminishing city and the role we should play in reducing our impact on the environment, and therefore about integration with nature. It’s minimalist, peaceful and a little foreboding.

Circa from James Owen on Vimeo.

Directed by: Hypoly

Released:2013

I’m hooked on films lately that represent the beautiful and surreal beneath the surface – and this short is a good addition. The acting isn’t great, and it has that rather tired DSLR creaminess which I’m seeing all over the place. I can’t place the genre either (I’m going sci-fi for categories sake). Saying that, I was won over, dramatically, and I’d like to see more work by this director.

Milk Run from Josh Penn Soskin on Vimeo.

Directed by: Josh Soskin

Released: 2013

The Kiwi: a flightless bird that endures by virtue of having no natural predators. This is a story of overcoming disability, but perhaps more so about pursuing dreams. Depends how you look at it.

It’s low tech but it’s wonderful and I’ve loved this for years. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. If you have, watch it again.

Director: Dony Permedi

Released: 2006

Link here.