Life, Animated: SFFS Viewing Guide

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POSTED BY: San Francisco Film Society

CREATED: Monday, April 25, 2016

Life, Animated is a coming-of-age documentary about Owen Suskind, who lives with autism and used animated Disney movies as a prism through which to connect with the world. A class screening of the film may complement an Art, Health or Social Science curriculum, and will encourage students to consider the experience of growing up with autism or developmental difference. Taught in conjunction with this guide, the film will challenge students to think critically about disability, creativity, empathy and the definition of a meaningful life. Discussion questions and supplemental materials facilitate further research into related topics such as the relationship between fiction and reality, and role of storytelling in defining a personal narrative.

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