Fragile X Family
By Eric Kutner
Fragile X Syndrome is an inheritable sex-linked chromosomal disorder, and the second most common cause of mental retardation. This documentary takes viewers inside the life of a developmentally disabled woman who is struggling to raise three children who also have the syndrome. Mikey is severely retarded and has autism; unable to speak or care for himself, he requires constant supervision. The oldest, Franky, is on medication and struggles for maturity, but sometimes cannot control his anger. Amy, the youngest child, is charming, but hyperactive and a bit of a troublemaker.
With the help of local social services workers, Minerva is able to live independently and to obtain the educational services the children need. But when Amy sparks a neighborhood conflict and Franky goes to her defense, Minerva's parenting skills are put to the test.
Fragile X Family will help healthcare and social service students and professionals to understand the challenges but also the strengths of such families, and to think about the kinds of supports which may be helpful to them. The program provides a raw look at the family's struggles, but it is ultimately a hopeful film about love transcending disabilities.
Purchase $149 DVD
Order No. QA-414
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-921-5
"Appropriate for social service professionals and educators in the area of mental retardation." Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling
Awards & Conference Screenings
Achievement Award, Superfest
Sprout Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Rochester Film Festival
Reel Life, Disability Film Festival
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