Down lifting

strong%20love.jpgIn response to my Down trodding post, about the controversy stirred earlier this week when University of North Carolina professor Albert Harris told his embryology class that babies with Down syndrome should be aborted, documentary film maker Bonnie Burt emailed him an offer:

I have recently completed a film about a couple, both born with Down syndrome… [and] would like to offer your university a free screening of…. Strong Love….
Please let me know if you are interested in previewing this film. I think it will help along the discussion that Professor Harris started. It might be of interest to your students.

Synopsis of the movie, from its website:

Strong Love is the story of world-class weight lifter Jon Shapiro and his childhood sweetheart Holly James, both of whom were born with Down syndrome. This documentary follows the couple over the course of three years, starting with their decision to get married. Their challenges, their triumphs, and their complex, sometimes surprising relationships with family and friends are at the heart of this inspiring film.

Bonnie has just posted an excerpt from Strong Love on YouTube. I just watched it a second time and cried a second time. I pity people who view those with Down syndrome as a liability on this earth rather than a much needed ambassadors of pure and unconditional love.

18 thoughts on “Down lifting”

  1. Wow, that’ was amazing.
    It reminds me of one of my favorite movies. The Other Sister..
    I miss having someone who loves me…

  2. Jess:
    Yes, I have family, but they kind of “have to love” me; they dont have to like me though, lol.

  3. midnite,
    My Mom once said that about me. I third Bethany’s statement I love you. You come here and you’re intelligent and passionate and open your heart and share with us. I really appreciate that you let us into your life.

  4. Let me tag along with the others. Midnite, you have given of yourself here, and shown yourself here, and people love you. Me too.
    Doug

  5. OH MY JUST WATCHED YOU VIDEOS AND CRIED. I HAVE A 26YR OLD SON WITH DOWNS AND YOU GIVE ME HOPE FOR HIM THANK YOU

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