Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Autism Program present a free screening of “Life, Animated” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in Library Hall
The award-winning film was created by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams and based on the New York Times bestselling book by Ross Suskind. The documentary tells the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.
Owen was a thriving 3-year-old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent and, for years after, remained unable to connect with other people or convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Through time and repeated viewings of Disney classics such as “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King,” Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to reconnect with the world around him.
This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence in a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering. For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org/events.