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Next on POV: When I Walk

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When I Walk premieres Monday, June 23, 2014, at 10 PM on PBS stations. (Check local listings.) Watch the program online for free from June 24 to July 23, 2014.

Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything — and inspired him to make another film. When I Walk is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, DaSilva’s spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother’s tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

From Jason DaSilva’s filmmaker statement:

I wanted to capture this transformative experience — becoming disabled — in When I Walk because I hadn’t seen it portrayed before, and people need to see how a degenerative disease impacts the lives of those living with it.

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After the broadcast, visit the When I Walk companion site to watch an extended interview with filmmaker-subject Jason DaSilva, see what’s happened since the cameras stopped rolling, download a discussion guide and other viewing resources, find out how you can “make the world a more accessible place” with AXS Map, and ask the filmmakers about the film on Twitter on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (the day after broadcast) from 7 PM to 9 PM ET (4-6 PM PT).

Read what critics and journalists have to say about When I Walk:

“DaSilva’s experience behind a camera shows in his brisk pacing, clear narrative structure, and the awareness that a story of sickness needs lighthearted distractions. . . . Fueled by . . . uncompromising intelligence and unrelenting candor. NYT Critics’ Pick.”
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“By any measure, When I Walk is extraordinarily accomplished, poignant, and wise.”
Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • Freda Kirchner

    I am very eager to see this I watch the trailer aND this spoke 2 my heart and I cried! I was diagnosed with MS In 4/4/2004, I woke up Monday morning (thought I was going 2 work) blind, unable 2 walk, talk and looked as if I had a stroke half my face had a droop! And this was after I finished radiation for my cancer in my neck! But God is good and I am greatful for all my blessings!

  • Perry

    “When I Walk” is supposed to be broadcast on PBS stations on Monday, June 23rd. However, not ONE area PBS station is broadcasting this program. We have MS in the family and I was going to schedule it to record and notify other family members to watch or record. Now…………………………….? I wanted to record the entire series. I assume that the DC area will not be carrying it. Please notify me if I am in error.

    • interactive

      Thank you for your interest in When I Walk, Perry. It will be playing in the DC area on Howard University Television’s WHUT. Please check your local listings at http://to.pbs.org/povsched.

  • Melany

    In my area you regulated it to June 30 at 2:00 am. Thanks for making we Multiple Sclerosis sufferers feel supported.

  • Wendy Nash

    Please, if you have MS, google HSCT. Be informed!

  • Jennifer

    Perry, you and I are in the same boat! I have MS and can’t find it either on my local channels! I have AT&T Uverse in B’ham, AL. I need to watch this and so many of my friends and family need to see it, but can’t! I wanted to record it as well.

    • interactive

      Jennifer, thanks for your interest. When I Walk will be playing locally in Birmingham, AL on APT – Alabama Public Television. Please check here for your full local listings: http://to.pbs.org/povsched.

  • megan

    You can watch it online. Click the “watch Video” link at the top of the page, or direct link is here: http://www.pbs.org/pov/wheniwalk/full.php#.U6j5x_ldUpo