Year: 2016
Runtime: 53 min
Directed By: Christian Angeli
Produced By: Associazione Italiana Persone Down Onlus
Language: Italian + English subtitles

Documentary made within the project “Diritto ai diritti”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Policies (l.383 / 2000 annuality 2014).

Life expectancy of people with Down syndrome (Ds), due to recent developments of the medical science and increased care, has passed from 24 years in the 60’s to 62 years.
It gets urgent that these people raise their awareness as citizens and that more effective methods to enable them to take part in politics.
Even if “self advocacy” is both a principle and a practice quite spread all over the disability world, most part of Down syndrome (Ds) do not exercise their political rights, due to lack of:
– Awareness and education of people with intellectual disabilities themselves;
– Awareness of their families, carers and professionals who work with them;
Facilitating measures and tools by Public Authorities.

Documentary synopsis
Some people with Down syndrome taking a trip of knowledge and discussion on some issues of policy.
The documentary addresses the theme of active citizenship and political participation of people with Down syndrome, but also issues related to adult life: work and independent life.

A group of people with Down syndrome makes a path of knowledge and debate on some policy themes. Four of them, after a constant training, are hailing everyone’s hopes, meeting, in Radio Radicale studies, some members of the Italian Parliament, with different political orientations, telling their own stories and making clear requests.

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