When I Walk
Directed by Jason DaSilva
When I Walk approaches the struggles of living with multiple sclerosis and the medical community’s efforts to find better treatments and ultimately a cure with heart, humor, and courage.
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★★★½ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd
At age 25, documentary filmmaker Jason DaSilva stumbled on the beach, a minor act which was caught on his home movie camera. That was the first sign of what was then diagnosed as primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), a particularly virulent and unremitting variety of this autoimmune disease.
DaSilva started a project to record the progression of his disease on tape. PPMS is not fatal in itself; but as motor functions progressively fail, it can immobilize its victims. What ensues is both a fascinating and moving diary of the stages of coping with his disease over several years. In lesser hands this personal recounting might come off as self-serving. But DaSilva is a skilled documentarian and a smart and attractive subject; and his story, with its emphasis on family and support, is an important and valuable one.
★★★★★ review by Cianna on Letterboxd
This film was at my local Asian Film Festival. I did not know it existed until today. All of the emotions are so raw and real. It's also cool to see the editing process of the actual documentary in the documentary.
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