MayFest screenings of ‘Including Samuel’ at noon and 4:15 p.m. April 22
MayFest screenings of ‘Including Samuel’ at noon and 4:15 p.m. April 22 April 21, 2008Patrick Farrellpmfarrel@syr.edu
The evening screening of the film “Including Samuel,” presented by Syracuse University’s School of Education for this year’s MayFest, is at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday (April 22). The time was incorrectly listed in the MayFest insert in Sunday’s Post-Standard. The film will also be screened at noon Tuesday. Both showings are at Watson Theater in the Menschel Media Center, 316 Waverly Ave.
“Including Samuel” is a touching and insightful look at how educational and social inclusion transforms the lives of young people with disabilities. Created by photojournalist Dan Habib, the film shows how he and his family have involved his son, Samuel, who has cerebral palsy, in all aspects of school and community life. “Including Samuel” also examines the inclusion experiences of four other families and features interviews with dozens of teachers, young people and disability rights experts, including School of Education Dean Douglas Biklen and Mara Sapon-Shevin, professor of teaching and leadership programs in the School of Education.
Habib produced, directed and filmed “Including Samuel,” which won the 2007 Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The film was named “Best Documentary” at the 2007 Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival and has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and in The Washington Post and the Boston Globe.
Habib is filmmaker-in-residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Until joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor.