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.
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