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REEL People, Real Lives Documentary Film Series: “DEEJ”

Sun Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In this movie, a nonspeaking young man dreams of autistic civil rights. The documentary film “Deej,” with its insider view of autism, challenges us all to live inclusion.

Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese (Deej) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes-paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

A panel discussion and audience Q & A facilitated by local professionals will follow each film. All the events in this film series are free and open to the public. Contact Jodi Saltzman for information at (651) 313- 6623 or jsaltzman@jfssp.org. Registration appreciated at https://jfssp.org/event/deej.

This is a collaborative event co-sponsored by Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS), JFS, St. Paul JCC, and St. Paul Jewish Federation.  This film honors Jewish Disability Acceptance Awareness Month (JDAIM), which is celebrated worldwide during the month of February.


Sun Feb 9
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55116 United States
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