Too Sane for This World...explores the challenges, gifts, and distinct perspectives of 11 adults on the autism spectrum.
'Too Sane For This World' explores the challenges, gifts and unique perspectives of 11 adults on the autism spectrum. The film features an introduction by Dr. Temple Grandin. Many adults on the autism spectrum discover their condition much later in life, some being diagnosed as late as the age of forty. Knowing that you are on the spectrum can bring a great relief and understanding of oneself, but also a label that brings it's own set of societal discrimination's. The questions for the interviews were devised by adults on the spectrum, and this film is a collaboration between nerotypical and A-typical filmmakers. 'Too Sane For This World' is about exhibiting the strengths, discussing the challenges and exposing the immediate need for society to address the concerns within the autism community.
Temple Grandin and William Davenport during the filming of "Too Sane for This World", 2010.
William & autism activist/author Robyn Steward during a panel discussion at the screening of "Too Sane for This World", 2014. Hosted by CRAE (Center for Research in Autism and Education), London, England.
TOO SANE FOR THIS WORLD REVIEW
One of the highpoints of AASCEND's conference Saturday was a showing of parts of Too Sane for This World, a documentary about twelve adults with autism. Friday night, I got to eat pizza with Ari Ne'eman and a bunch of other cool people, including thAutcaster Max and some of the people in the movie. Then director William Davenport gave us a personal introduction, and we got to watch the whole film.
I hope you will have the chance to see Too Sane for This World, too. It brings together a wider range of adults on the spectrum than I have ever seen in one documentary before, several of them, like my friend Jacob, members of AASCEND. There are people like Andrew, who struggles with words but communicates vividly through his art. And there are also Robyn Steward, who is remarkably articulate about the less visible problems autism causes for them.
The tone of the movie is unusual, too. It's neither inspirational nor horrifying. It does not minimize the problems of autistic adults by pretending that autism has not made life difficult and painful for most of us. But it does not over-dramatize our problems to try to get you to feel sorry for us or to give somebody money. Davenport and Sean Sullivan don't present us as a tragic puzzle or a sophisticated freak show.
They show us as people.