Including Samuel

Director: Dan Habib
Running time: 56’ - USA, 2008

Director’s Bio

Dan Habib is the director, producer and cinematographer of the new documentary, Including Samuel. The film won the 2007 Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The film was named “Best Documentary” at the 2007 Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival, and the exceptional Parent Magazine said "Including Samuel is a must see film". Habib is Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.

Contact Director
Dan Habib
Filmmaker in Residence, Institute on Disability
56 Old Suncook Road, Suite 2, Concord, NH 03301
Tel: 001-(603) 228-2084

Festival-Screenings - Awards

Positive Images in Media award from TASH


Excellence Award” from Superfest International Film Festival in Berkley


Disability Film Festival (Kuang Ching Foundation, Taiwan)

  The Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Boston International Film Festival


The Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival


The Moscow International Disability Film Festival


The  Superfest International Film Festival in Berkley


Different From What? Film Festival in Tempe

2008 Including Samuel
1995 Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion

Director, producer and cinematographer: Dan Habib


Film Editing: Rikk Desgres


Music: Keith Jones



Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.

Director’s Statement

I rarely thought about the inclusion of children with disabilities before I had my son Samuel. Now I think about inclusion every day. I documented my family's efforts to include Samuel in every facet of our lives, a journey that has transformed all of us.

Including Samuel also chronicles the lives of four other people with disabilities including autism, schizophrenia and cerebral palsy.

Including Samuel forced me to face my own prejudices. “When I saw people who didn’t look like me, or talk like me, you know what crept into my head? I often saw them as less smart, less capable, and not worth getting to know. Is that how the world would see Samuel?”