When I Walk

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Subjects: Activism, Biographies, Character Education, Disabilities, Family Studies, Health Issues, Human Body, Medicine, Psychology, Sociology

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 125 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored.

Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened.

After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.

An emotional documentary filled with unexpected moments of humor and joy, WHEN I WALK is a life-affirming film driven by a young man’s determination to survive—and to make sense of a devastating disease through the art of cinema.

Alice Cook & Jason DaSilva getting married.
From WHEN I WALK, a Long Shot Factory Release 2013.

NYT Critics' Pick -- "DaSilva's experience behind a camera shows in his brisk pacing, clear narrative structure, and the awareness that a story of sickness needs lighthearted distractions... Fueled by [...] uncompromising intelligence and unrelenting candor."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"An unflinching portrait of DaSilva's physical deterioration suffused with his contagious fortitude and resilient spirit." - Nate von Zumwalt, Sundance Institute

Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival - 2013
WINNER - Best Canadian Feature - HotDocs - 2013
WINNER - Audience Award - Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2013
WINNER - Innovation Award - Topanga Film Festival 2013
WINNER - Best Canadian Doc - Global Visions 2014

Screened at:
NY Asian American International Film Festival
Topanga Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Abilities Arts Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival
ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival – Minneapolis
*for full list of screenings - wheniwalk.com/screenings/



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