A friend told me this morning that Halifax’s Viewfinders International Film Festival for Youth is going to feature an animated film dealing with Asperger’s and a panel discussion after the flick.
The film is called Mary & Max and features the voices of some of my favourite actors including Toni Collette and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
But before you go and buy a ticket – which I was just about to do – the film is really for older kids (12 and up). I checked out CommonSense Media to find out some of the themes/issues in the film and you may want to check that out before going. They give a great synopsis (major spoiler alert). I’m definitely going to see it, but Ryan will stay at home.
The event is part of the festival’s Family Day on Saturday, April 16 and takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Empire Theatres Dartmouth Crossing. At 4 p.m. the ‘Friends, Enemies and Asperger’s Syndrome Panel’ begins – also for ages 12 and over.
If you take your child, or if you and/or your child have seen Mary & Max I would love to hear your thoughts on the film.