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Marina’s Ocean: A Beautiful Story of Inclusion
The short film, Marina’s Ocean, is a beautiful story of inclusion.
After being screened at several international film festivals, the Brazilian short film “Marina’s Ocean” has just been submitted to the Academy Awards.
The film stars Aline Videira, a talented actress with Down syndrome, playing a 15-year-old girl who wishes to visit the sea for the first time.
According to the director Cássio Pereira dos Santos, “Marina’s Ocean is a fable about a girl’s dream, and how it becomes much more difficult for her to achieve this dream when the community she lives in is not inclusion-friendly. I think Marina’s journey also represents the way people with disabilities struggle to access even the most basic rights that everyone should be able to have. Here in Brazil, for instance, some private schools are refusing to admit people with disabilities as regular students, even though the law states that everyone should access basic education without discrimination. Unfortunately, prejudice still exists, and it exists because people are unaware that inclusion is a wonderful thing for the whole community. I wish our little film could be able to move audiences and help people embrace diversity.” (…)