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Mothers of Courage ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB522646
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Lindsay R.W. Speer, Drew Martin, Rosie Dransfeld, Bonnie Thompson, Graydon McCrea
Directors:  Rosie Dransfeld
Producing Agencies:  Courageous Idea! Productions Inc. ,National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Early Childhood Education, Health and Medicine, Learning Disabilities, People With Disabilities, Social Issues, Special Education
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2003
Running Time:  48
Closed Captions:  Yes

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It's ten-year-old Bethany's school concert, and her parents are watching
anxiously. Bethany may live with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism,
hydrocephalus and visual impairment, but as she takes to the stage with her
peers, she shines.

An intimate glimpse into the struggles and joys of a family with a
special-needs child, Mothers of Courage explores how a person with
disabilities can thrive if given adequate support. The film unfolds from the
perspective of Bethany's mother, Marlene, who fights to secure her daughter's
future. Marlene must navigate complex layers of health care, education and
government bureaucracies that often prove frustrating and unyielding.

Footage of the family's daily life is interwoven with candid commentary
from health professionals, teachers and the other mothers of disabled children
whom Marlene encourages through her advocacy. As Bethany flourishes, what
emerges is an uplifting story of strength, perseverance and the love between
mother and child.

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