Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) and the Gold Town Nickelodeon will co-host two showings of the recently released documentary, “When I Walk” today and Wednesday.
In the film Jason DaSilva tells his own story, describing how he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25, and the power of art in helping him cope.
In a description of his film, director DaSilva writes:
“I wanted to capture this transformative experience — becoming disabled — in ‘When I Walk’ because I hadn’t seen it done before, and people need to see how a degenerative disease impacts the lives of those living with it. The first scene in the film is of me on the beach with my family. I brought my camera along to film the get-together, but the footage we captured meant more than I could have imagined: I fell down, and couldn’t get back up. It was the very first time my MS made something in my life go completely awry, made itself visible and impossible to ignore. What was supposed to be a nice family vacation turned into the inciting incident. Soon after, and encouraged by my family, I chose to not ignore my MS but to turn my camera on it instead. I had made films all my life, so making a film about the progression of the disease seemed a natural way for me to process the journey.”
The film won Hot Docs’ Best Canadian Feature award, as well as Vancouver International Film Festival’s Audience Award and the Topanga Film Festival’s Innovation Award.
The film will be shown twice: at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Sunday’s show is pay-as-you-can.
For more on the film, visit wheniwalk.com.
For more on the Gold Town, visit www.goldtownnick.com.