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It’s a Different World

It's a Different World follows the lives of three autistic children over the course of two years, documenting their changing perspective on what being autistic means to them.
December 14, 2007


It’s a Different World follows the lives of three autistic children, Scott (11), Stephen (10), and Katie Turner (10) over the course of two years, documenting their changing perspective on what being autistic means to them.

Although Scott and Stephen are high-functioning, during the course of the film Stephen becomes increasingly uncomfortable about his autism. By contrast, Scott is a humorous contradiction in his efforts to define himself, wanting desperately to fit the stereotypical image of an autistic child since he’s clearly not a neurotypical or ‘normal’ kid. While she is not as high-functioning as her brothers, Katie in some ways is the success story of the film, making huge leaps and bounds with her communication and socialization skills.

The film is a captivating glimpse into three different faces of autism, and viewers can expect to have some of their preconceptions shattered.

Producer, director, writer, DP: Ramona Persaud
Editor, sound: Bruce Lapointe
Rights available: All rights, worldwide

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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