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Back Walking Forward by Kavery Kaul



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When his bicycle was hit by a van, Eric was left with traumatic brain injury. Without warning, the active young man was bound to a wheelchair, unable to start college as he still struggles to relearn life skills.

His family roams the borderland between hope and despair, their conversation suddenly laced with "intrathecal baclofen", "anoxia", "vestibular nerves" and "frontal lobes".

Will Eric walk again? Small dreams. Big steps forward.

According to the International Brain Injury Association, traumatic brain injury (tbi) is the prime cause of death and disability worldwide.

Back Walking Forward confronts viewers with the unpredictability of the workings of the brain. It pushes them to catch their own reflection in the story of Eric and his family. By exploring one family's altered perception of happiness, Back Walking Forward may even inspire audiences to redefine what happiness means to them.

" a much-needed look at life with traumatic brain injury, at a time when the number of tbi cases is growing."
—- Dr. Kathryn Ko, Chief of Neurosurgery, St. Barnabas Hospital

"It really makes you appreciate each and every day and realize how quickly and completely life can change for any of us!"
—- Jeff Simon, Eric's Principal, Sheepshead Bay High School

"a timely and provocative piece."
—- Lesley Sharp, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts