Monday, April 14, 2008

"Strong Love" is Bonnie Burt's new documentary about the lives of lovers, Holly and Jon, both of whom have Down syndrome

The filmaker Bonnie Burt has asked me to pass on some information to readers about her new documentary film called "Strong Love."

This is how Bonnie describes the film:

Strong Love is the story of world-class weight lifter Jon Shapiro and his childhood sweetheart Holly James, both of whom were born with Down syndrome. This documentary follows the couple over the course of three years, starting with their decision to get married. Their challenges, their triumphs and their complex, sometimes suprising relationships with family and friends are at the heart of this inspiring film."

The film highlights how much things have changed since the 1970's ... and also shows what happens to developmental delays over time.

The film runs for 56 minutes. According to a recent review from Down Syndrome News, "some scenes will make you cry, others will make you laugh. All in all, it's a picture of life full of suprises, challenges and joy."

There is also a study guide being developed.

More information about the documentary, and a trailer you can watch, is available here.