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Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Sprout Film Festival in Tempe
In many ways, intellectual disability is the final frontier of multiculturalism. It’s not always easy to introduce the world to a community that typically struggles with basic forms of communication.
Enter documentary film — particularly in the capable hands of the creators of the Sprout Film Festival, a nonprofit traveling event founded in 2003 that features dozens of docs by, for, and about people with intellectual disabilities ranging from autism to Down syndrome to lesser-known syndromes and medical situations.
On March 31, Pollack Tempe Cinemas will once again host Sprout at an all-day event co-sponsored by the Arc of Arizona and the Chandler Gilbert Arc.
Sponsors choose films from a catalog, and among this year’s selections is a 14-minute Australian film called « Heartbreak & Beauty. » Described as a « 12-minute dance, » the movie depicts a dozen students with intellectual disabilities creating « various scenes that explore the pain and joy of the human experience, » according to the catalog. The result is lyrical and emotional, with lovely slow movements and bits of dialogue that explore tough issues like childbearing and sibling relationships.