Earlier today, I read about a documentary film called The Limits of My World. This documentary sounds amazing! It follows a nonverbal Autistic adult named Brian. Brian’s sister, Heather Cassano, is the one who came up with the idea. The documentary is evidently set in Baltimore. In the trailer, Brian has a Baltimore Orioles decal on his wall and his window.
I am sort of apprehensive about watching it, though. It sounds amazing–it really does–but I am wondering if this documentary will reinforce the “dumb” stereotype ignorant people have about Autism. I hope people do not get that vibe, but to me, that’s a legit concern.
I watched an interview with Heather on YouTube with Massachusetts Independent Film Festival from 2018. Keep in mind the film was still in production when the interview was shot. It was released on DVD on September 17, 2019. It had limited releases in theaters in April 2019. In the interview video I saw, Heather said the “genesis of the idea was to make a film that was about the sibling relationship between someone with Autism and their sibling.” Heather says she and her brother “didn’t really have much of a relationship since we live in separate states.” “I was lucky that my brother does not really know what a camera does and does not really care that I am pointing it in his face.” Heather said his aides and caretakers did and had to ease into being filmed.
The whole thing took four years to complete. That, to me, is amazing. I feel lucky in the sense that, like Brian and Heather, my sisters and I also live in separate states and do not see each other all the time. Wow…that sounded horrible. Let me rephrase that. I am lucky in that I am verbal and can call my sisters in Philadelphia anytime. We have a very close relationship and, for that, I feel blessed.
I have attached two links on this post. One is the trailer for the film and the other is a link to the interview with Heather I saw. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!