YONKERS, N.Y. -- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will screen the documentary, “Mimi And Dona,” followed by a discussion with the director Sophie Sartain, as part of the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.
Filmmaker Sophie Sartain is Mimi's granddaughter and Dona's niece. In this personal documentary, she chronicles the painful process of separating her aunt and grandmother, the 92-year-old Mimi, who has cared for her daughter Dona, who has an intellectual disability, for 64 years. Aging for Mimi means facing the fact she will not outlive her daughter.
The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – some 4.6 million Americans, 75 percent of whom live at home with family – and details the ripple effects of Dona’s disability on three generations of a Texas family.
ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films in New York City and 14 others throughout the country.
Discussions and other engaging programs bring the community together to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. Leading the way in accessible film and culture, ReelAbilities is presented in all accessible venues, providing captions, audio description, ASL interpretation, CART (live captioning), and information in Braille. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb 12. All proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is located at 2548 Central Park Ave., Yonkers.