Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tackling Daughter's Autism With Humor

OK, we're going beyond the U.S. because this was too interesting to pass up.

MADRID (Reuters Life!) - Award-winning Spanish illustrator Miguel Gallardo has overcome the limitations imposed by his daughter's autism by doing what he does best -- drawing.
Gallardo's sketches over 12 years led to a beautifully etched and very funny comic book, "Maria and I" (Maria y Yo), explaining everyday life with his daughter and its challenges.
That book has now become a documentary film of the same name, which opens in Spain this week.
"You could say I had a debt to pay (to my past) or something like that. The drawings came from a diary I started when Maria was born ... but really it took me 13 years to find the right voice to tell a difficult story," he told Reuters.
Directed by Felix Fernandez de Castro and first shown at the Malaga film festival, the film tracks the relationship between Maria, Miguel and his ex-wife May, and how they have learned to cope with Maria's disability.

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