People Like Me challenges Western biomedical perspectives on autism that frame autistic people as in need of treatment and cure, and applied behavior analysis (ABA) as the optimal treatment for autism. Non-speaking autistic adults assert the richness and beauty of autistic culture, and describe ABA as abuse and torture. Blurring the line between ethnography and cultural document, this film pushes for a different vision of the future for autistic people.
Image is a film poster. In maroon handwritten letters, the title People Like Me dominates the top third. Above the title is a row of small film festival laurels. Directly below the title is a cartoon front of an AAC device, and the screen reads “You are beautiful.” The bottom third, in the same color and handwriting, reads a film by Marrok Sedgwick. Standing on top of this lower title are three cartoon figures. One is a person wearing a blue jacked and maroon dress sitting in a red scooter in profile. There is a small patch on the shoulder of his shirt which bears a star and crescent over the trans flag colors. At center is a person in orange shirt and khaki shorts, facing front. To the right is a person with blue shirt, black pants, and a rainbow kippah, leaning against a green elbow cane. On the rightmost person’s shirt there is a line drawing of the transgender symbol. At the very bottom of the poster is the website fearlessmindstheatrical.org/people-like-me. The background is a semi transparent photo of rippling ocean water, with foam just under where the three people stand.
People Like Me has won the 2020 Best Short for the Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival, 2020 Best Short Documentary for Cinema Touching Disability, and the International Documentary Association (IDA) David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award for 2020.
To watch the complete, open captioned film, use this link: https://vimeo.com/339903359
To watch the complete, open captioned and audio described film, use this link: https://vimeo.com/385036505
The above links are intended for small screen display, and individual or educational use. If you are interested in holding a public screening, please use the contact form on this website to obtain express written permission, and receive the press kit.
Read Creative Producer Marrok Sedgwick’s interview for San Francisco Transgender Film Festival here: http://sftff.org/filmmaker-spotlight-marrok-sedgwick/
Special thanks to generous contributions from:
Judi Levine & Ben Lewin