IDFA 2016
Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary

“Who are we? Conscious adults,” chorus the protagonists of Alberdi’s empathetic study of four forty-year old students at a Down’s Syndrome school in Chile where, ironically, the film is titled The Children. Some are mature enough to want it, and yet it ill-equipped to cope with the responsibilities that independence brings, they are stuck. The film points to the failure of a system that does not differentiate, treating them all as minors, without rights. Anita and Andres plan to marry, child-like Rita collects Barbies, and class-president Ricardo saves his money for his independent future. The film reveals the progress and setbacks of their desires, and ultimately accords them the respect that these diverse, enchanting personalities deserve.

Cape Town
Labia
Tue 6, 6.45pm
Sat 10, 7.30pm
Johannesburg
Bioscope
Mon 5, 7pm
Director(s):
Maite Alberdi
Country:
Chile / Netherlands
Year:
2016
Duration:
80 minutes
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