Classic documentary about the stress of parents of caring for handicapped children. Very moving film made in England by Derrick Knight and Partners, about families with a handicapped member, and the stress on parents and others in the family. In the film are an autistic child, one with epilepsy, one with cerebral palsy, and others, seen in their homes, and their lives and those of people around them are recorded in a most intimate way. Can others more fortunate help? Can they ever understand what it means to have a handicapped child?
This film was made in 1966 in black and white, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value as a moving historic record.
Some of the reviews at the time it was made: ‘A tribute to what the human spirit can accomplish’ –The Guardian. ‘Beautiful and touching; a heart-rending picture of the devotion of which the human race is capable’ – Dilys Powell, The Sunday Times. ‘The best mental health film yet’ – The Lancet. ‘Compassionate and honest. It says much for the sensitivity of the film team’ – The Scotsman.