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A Place in the World ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB527997
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Robert Lang, Don Haig, Adam Symansky
Directors:  Robert Lang
Producing Agencies:  Kensington Communications Inc. (Toronto),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Learning Disabilities, People With Disabilities, Psychology
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1996
Running Time:  40:02
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Martin Langlois is 22 and autistic. His devoted parents cannot care for him much longer, so they bring him to Maison Emmanuel, an alternative therapeutic community in the Laurentian mountains. Here, Inge Sell and her team of teachers and co-workers stimulate the residents to develop their life skills and particular gifts and abilities. Founded in 1982, Maison Emmanuel is inspired by the principles of Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner. Part of a worldwide network of similar communities, it is now home to 20 children and young adults. A Place in the World follows Martin as he adapts to being at Maison Emmanuel. Our own perception of people with mental disabilities is irrevocably changed in the process.

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