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NYWIFT @ the ReelAbilities Film Festival: Screening of Mimi and Dona

NYWIFT is pleased to co-present the New York Premiere of Mimi and Dona by Sophie Sartain at the 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival.

Mimi and Dona
Sophie Sartain / USA / English / 66 min

What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared for Dona, her daughter who has an intellectual disability, for 64 years, it means facing the inevitable: she will not outlive her daughter and must find her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a wonderfully quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – some 4.6 million Americans, 75% of whom live at home with family – and details the ripple effects of Dona’s disability on three generations of a Texas family.

Sophie Sartain is an award-winning writer for print, film, television and digital media. Her credits include the 2012 documentary Hava Nagila (The Movie) (Writer/Producer), the 2014 documentary Above and Beyond (Writer) and the 2008 film Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (Writer/Co-Producer). Sartain's past positions include Executive Director of Editorial Services for MGM Home Entertainment and Managing Editor of Sony Online Entertainment. She has contributed as a writer on several film and media projects, including In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (PBS) and The Rich in America (A&E). As a freelance writer, her clients have included Los Angeles Magazine, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Studios, New Line Home Entertainment, CBS Sports Radio and ABC Radio Networks.

DATE: Monday, March 16th

TIME: 6:30 PM

VENUE: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave (between W 75th St and W 76th)

Special Discount for NYWIFT members. Use the code NYWIFT7. Click here to Purchase Tickets.

Screening and reception co-hosted by Matan.

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival is presented annually in 15 cities throughout the U.S. and features award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

Visit the ReelAbilities Festival Website to find out more.


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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
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