Flying Solo: A New Documentary About 3 Individuals with Down Syndrome

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Flying Solo is a new documentary about about 3 people with Down syndrome embarking on a quest to become independent. It will be released on March 21st – World Down Syndrome Day – on Amazon Prime.

Here’s the (uncaptioned) trailer (the director says the full movie is captioned though):

Flying Solo

Flying Solo follows the 3 individuals with Down syndrome over the course of four years as they pursue their dreams.

According to the press release,

“Flying Solo follows Digby, Tracie and their friend and aspiring actor Tom, 36, over the course of four years as they pursue their new lives, juggling their passions with new responsibilities.

Digby tackles fundamental skills such as money management and cooking, even undertaking a new job as he prepares for his latest exhibition.

Meanwhile Tracie takes Tom under her wing and train him as an actor.

But for Tom – now living on his own – pursuing his dreams proves an uphill battle as he finds himself struggling with time-management, household chores and depression.

The film, made in close collaboration with the subjects, captures their hopes and the hurdles they – like many people with intellectual disabilities – hit along the way.

It features frank discussions about disability by the subjects and their friends and families, as well as inspirational scenes of mentorship and friendship.

A social impact film, Flying Solo pulls back the curtain on the unexpected strengths of disability, revealing the unique contributions people with conditions like Down syndrome can make to society.

It also aims to inspire change around a chronic lack of access to supported accommodation, which maximizes independence for people with disabilities.

“People with disabilities need to be heard,” Digby Webster said.

“I hope the film will show people a different kind of world and also help create a more open and inclusive community.”

Sounds like a winner, and we can’t wait to watch it! Look for it on Amazon Prime, starting the 21st of March.

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