Screening/Discussion: Perfectly Normal for Me
April 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday April 23rd, 5-7 PM
20 Cooper Square, 2nd floor Commons
Perfectly Normal for Me (Catherine Tambini, 2018, 50 min)
Post-screening discussion: Director Catherine Tambini, producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, and dancers/protagonists Veronica Siaba and Kathleen Downes
Alexandria, Jake, Caitlin and Veronica, ages 5 to 15, want to change the conversation. They reveal in their own words what it’s like to deal with the literal ups and downs of a challenged life. In this intimate verité documentary, four charismatic kids strive for acceptance in a world that is often, at best, indifferent to them.
Their exceptional parents search out programs where their children are accepted and feel valued, from clinical services to adaptive skiing. We first meet them all in a unique after-school dance program in Queens, New York. With a diverse group of dedicated teenage volunteers – outstanding citizens in a world where the impulse to exclude, bully or ignore is too often the norm – dancers and helpers work together for a year toward a jubilant spring recital. Thanks to the joy they find in working together, dancers and helpers emerge as eloquent, energized voices for inclusion.
Co-Sponsors: Center for Ballet and the Arts, Center for Media, Culture, & History