REVIEW: MONICA & DAVID
Monica and David want what most adults want – love, work and independence. With the support of their loving family, they are able to make their dreams of marriage a reality. As the young couple begins their journey together, they juggle everyday tasks along with family drama, while hoping for the chance to live more independently. Following its HBO broadcast premiere last year, MONICA & DAVID will release December 13 on digital platforms and on a fully-accessible DVD with closed-captioning and audio description (film is audio described for people who are blind and visually impaired)..
First-time filmmaker Alexandra Codina is Monica’s cousin, which gives the film a personal touch and allows Codina – and the viewer – intimate access to the couple’s life together. Codina began filming the couple two weeks before their wedding and brings to light Monica and David’s profound devotion to one another..
After the wedding bells have rung for Monica and David, the film follows the couple and their respective families as they return to their everyday lives. Following their wedding and honeymoon in California, Monica and David settle in at home back in Florida, where they slowly begin to build their life together while living with Monica’s mother and step-father..
Monica and David were both raised with the loving support of young mothers during a time when there was little acceptance of or support for people with Down syndrome. In 1983, life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was 25 years. With societal changes and medical advances, today it is 60..
After the family moves to a new house, Monica and David must learn to adapt to new challenges, such as unexpected illness and job-hunting. They visit BEST BUDDIES JOBS, a program dedicated to helping people with intellectual and development disabilities integrate into mainstream society by helping them find work and develop friendships. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, aware of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go..
“As parents, we want people to look upon our children with special needs like anyone else… And yet because we want to protect them so much, we are typically the first ones who treat them poorly by subconsciously denying them their rights to have a normal life.” – Maria Elena (Monica’s Mother).
With content matching form, this fully accessible DVD follows the beautiful love story of a couple that shares a disability, while also expanding the market of available features by including audio description for people who are blind and visually impaired, along with subtitles for people who are deaf or hearing impaired in both English and Spanish.
English and Spanish subtitles
Video: "Employment in the Community
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