Life, Animated

Town Hall Theatre / Time: 12:15 / Friday 11th November 2016 / PG
USA / 2016 Documentary / 91 mins
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‘Incredibly moving documentary’ The Guardian
Screened as part of Galway City Social Inclusion Week.

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Life, Animated tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. By interweaving classic Disney sequences with scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel enabled him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations further give form to Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney films as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity in a tribe of sidekicks. With an arsenal of narratives at his disposal, Owen rises to meet the challenges of adulthood in this moving coming-of-age tale.

Director Roger Ross Williams
Cast Owen Suskind, Ron Suskindr

This is a free screening open to everyone but seats must be booked with the Town Hall Theatre (091 569 777). Donations can be made on the day to Galway Autism Partnership.