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photo Face First
By Mike Grundmann

The filmmaker's own painful memories of social isolation as a child with cleft lip and palate led him to the three other remarkable people profiled in this video. Their stark anecdotes about the physical pain of corrective procedures, coupled with the psychological sting of ridicule and rejection, reflect the reality faced by all those who are seen as different. "As my outer deformity faded, an inner one took hold," producer Grundman comments.

Yet in response, both he and his film subjects have developed a strong sense of self, and the ability to look at experiences with a compassion and humor that make this program a pleasure to watch.

29 minutes
© 1998
Purchase $199 DVD
Order No. QA-259
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-886-3
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Reviews
"A dramatic introduction to any disability awareness curriculum, from fourth grade through medical school. It will awaken our hearts to the needs of all people living with difference." Betsy Wilson, Director, Let's Face It USA

"An honest view of the mental and emotional struggles children, adolescents and adults with facial differences live through each day." Tracy R. Zemansky, MA, MFCC Therapeutic Specialist

Awards & Conference Screenings
CINE Golden Eagle
Silver Apple, National Educational Media Network
Jury Prize, Pacific NW Anthropological Festival
Judge's Prize, Charlotte Film Festival
Most Inspirational Film, Canyonlands
Achievement and Spirit Award, Superfest
National Health Information Awards
Dallas Film and Video Festival

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