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Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 Sprout Film Festival in Tempe

Sprout Film Festival

Australian students choreographed, scripted, and performed the short film « Heartbreak & Beauty. » Courtesy of Sprout Film Festival

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.

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