Disability Network Southwest Michigan is hosting a series of MOVIE + LUNCH + DISCUSSION events at both our Kalamazoo and St. Joseph offices. Join us for one, two or all three!
Please be sure to RSVP to the location you plan to attend and let us know if you need an accommodation.
517 E. Crosstown Parkway
RSVP: Miranda (269) 345-1516 x120
2900 Lakeview Avenue
RSVP: Terezie (269) 982-7761
The movies will be shown with open captions and a hearing loop is available in both locations. Please note that this is a fragrance-free event; please do not wear perfume, cologne or other scented products.
Monday, February 27, 2017 | 12:00–2:00 pm
Join us as we watch & discuss the HBO movie Temple Grandin. Based on the true story of the real Dr. Grandin, many of the low expectations and barriers Temple Grandin and her family faced 60 years ago still exist today. While this story is her unique journey, it also speaks to the universal need for our culture to address ableism and sexism in all its institutions.
Film Description: Temple Grandin, the main character in this HBO movie, tells us before the credits start that she’s “not like other people.” But “different” is not “less.” The doctor who diagnosed her at age 4 said she’d never talk and would have to be institutionalized. Only through the dogged efforts of her mother did Grandin learn to speak, go to high school and college, and become a highly productive scientist. Through it all she endured the cruel taunts of her classmates and the resistance of many of the adults in her life. (Film not rated.)
Monday, March 27, 2017 | 12:00–2:00 pm
Join us as we watch and discuss Regarding Henry. Recovery from a brain injury is a unique journey for everyone, although there are some common experiences. After the film, learn about the resources and support group services in Southwest Michigan for people living with brain injury in honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month
Film Description: Henry Turner, a slick, ruthless corporate attorney willing to spin any falsehood to win a case. A bully to his teenage daughter, Henry also cheats on his wife and treats everyone from the maid to his assistant with cruel selfishness. Stepping out to a local mini-market for a pack of cigarettes late one night, Henry accidentally interrupts a burglary and is shot in the head. After a long coma, Henry survives only to find that he has no memory and must re-learn everything from reading to tying his shoes. His personality has changed, and as he reconnects with his wife and daughter, he realizes he does not like the person he was before the shooting. (Film rated PG-13.)
The King’s Speech
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 12:00–2:30 pm
Join us as we watch and discuss The King’s Speech, a 2010 biopic based on the true story of Prince Albert, the man who becomes King George VI of England. Are the stereotypes and fears of having a stutter different today than in 1939?
Film Description: The year is 1939. Britain is entering into war with Germany. The introduction of radio and newsreels, which require a monarch to be seen and heard on public occasions, is changing how world leaders communicate with their countrymen. Prince Albert, now King George VI, feels his listeners require firmness, clarity and resolve from a leader—not stammers punctuated with tortured silences. This was a man who never wanted to be King. After the death of his father, the throne was to pass to his brother Edward. But Edward renounced the throne “in order to marry the woman I love,” and the duty fell to Prince Albert, who had struggled with his speech from an early age. (Film rated R – profanity.)