A Taste of Reel Abilities Day

Presented by JCC’s Opening the Doors and the Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, May 19, 1pm – 3pm
Location: Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Featuring: Including Samuel and Mr. Connolly Has ALS, talkback with filmmaker Dan Habib, and kids’ activities

12.45pm – 2.45pm: Sensory-friendly, supervised activities available during the film for children ages 8 and up. Staff-led activities including Drums Alive, art, and yoga.

1pm: Films begin, followed by talkback.

Tickets: Single admission for both films per person – $5
Activities per person – $5
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INCLUDING SAMUEL

Running Time: 58 min
Genre: Documentary
Director, Filmmaker: Dan Habib
Country: United States
Year: 2007
Language: English

Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about how to include people with disabilities in the mainstream of modern life. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. This award-winning documentary passionately chronicles the family’s hopes for Samuel, their work to overcome challenges, and their efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. Through interviews with peers, teachers, parents, and disability rights experts, the film explores the world of inclusion and education.

MR. CONNOLLY HAS ALS

Running Time: 32 min
Genre: Documentary
Director, Filmmaker: Dan Habib
Country: United States
Year: 2017
Language: English

Mr. Connolly, the principal of Concord High School, is embraced by his community as he continues to lead the school, despite rapidly losing his ability to walk and speak due to the effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Filmmaker Dan Habib’s son, Samuel, has cerebral palsy and is a student at Concord High during Mr. Connolly’s journey.