The Grandin Theatre will host a special screening of the documentary “Life, Animated” for families who have children with autism.
The documentary tells the story of Owen Suskind, a child who, due to regressive autism, suddenly stopped speaking at age 3. He remained unable to communicate for years, until his family discovered he’d been using classic Disney movies to understand emotions.
The documentary hit select theaters July 1 and will open at the Grandin on Friday. The special showing will be at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 31.
The Grandin is partnering with Opening Doors, an annual conference for parents of children with special needs, and families who come to the movie will receive information about the conference and can enter a raffle for free tickets.
The theater has presented several special showings of movies to children at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center, many of whom don’t get the opportunity to attend regular movie showings.
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