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Critics Are Raving About “When I Walk” and You Can Watch It Free Here!

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Read what critics have to say about When I Walk, which kicked off POV’s 2014 season last week on PBS, then watch it free online on POV’s website or mobile apps — free! But only for a limited time…

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. An Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

“NYT Critics’ Pick. Mr. 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. . . . The lovely Alice Cook’s . . . joy and anguish over her flowering relationship with Mr. DaSilva occasion some of the film’s most genuinely moving moments.”
— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“A summer film not to be missed.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“Uplifting.”
— Matt Roush, TV Guide

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

“Skilled direction and an indomitable spirit make a filmmaker’s personal journey with multiple sclerosis inspiring without being maudlin. . . . A satisfying and worthwhile journey.”
— James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter

“A likable, intimate documentary kept from being . . . grim by the leads’ good-humored personalities. . . . It’s all kept relatable by their almost unshakably upbeat attitudes.”
— Dennis Harvey, Variety

“It’s the intimacy (nicely balanced between discreet and unflinching) with which DaSilva maps his narrative that makes the film so absorbing and moving.”
— Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice / LA Weekly

“DaSilva . . . bravely shows us every sliver of weakness and fear, and in turn reminds us we’re never alone if we can open our hearts to others.”
— Katherine Monk, The Province

“Insight, humor and heart. . . . The real surprise of When I Walk is DaSilva’s consistent humor and how his personality can be profoundly thoughtful . . .”
— Kevin McDonough, United Feature Syndicate

“We dare you to watch When I Walk and not walk away feeling inspired.”
Courier-Journal

Watch When I Walk now, but only until July 23, 2014! Visit POV’s video site at pov.org/video or download our video app for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Kindle Tablet.

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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.