The Boy Inside

Director: Marianne Kaplan
Running time: 47’ - Καναδάς, 2008

Director’s Bio

Marianne Kaplan is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker who has produced documentaries on subjects as diverse as a changing South Africa, genetically modified food and Asperger Syndrome. Her films present new perspectives on emerging issues, combining powerful content with high production and cinematic values.

Contact Director
Marianne Kaplan
2124 William Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 2S3
604 251 5994

Festival-Screenings - Awards

Vancouver International Film Festival


Yorkton Film and Video Festival, Canada


One World Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic


Sprout Film Festival, New York City


NHK Japan Prize, Youth Education Division


Audience Choice Award, NHK Japan Prize


Freddie Award, International Health & Medical Media Awards

2008 The boy inside
2002 Deconstructing Supper

Songololo: Voices of Change 


Petroglyphs: Images in Stone 

Producer, Director: Marianne Kaplan


Writers:  Marianne Kaplan, Dawn Brett


Editor: Janice Brown


Cinematographer:  Rolf Cutts


Composer:  John Sereda


Sound Editor:  Michael Flannigan



A filmmaker turns the camera on her 12-year-old son Adam in this award-winning documentary from Canada about growing up with autism.
Adam has Asperger Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism characterised by socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior. Unable to socialize normally with his classmates, school is a nightmare for Adam. He is regularly excluded or bullied, and left his last school after a boy pulled a knife on him.
A rare, powerful and intimate portrait of an increasingly common form of autism, The Boy Inside follows Adam’s dramatic family life as he struggles against the odds to graduate elementary school and make sense of bullies, girls and life in the real world.

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Director’s Statement

With my latest film, The Boy Inside, I decided to turn the camera on myself. My life at the time was consumed with raising my young son Adam, who has Asperger Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism, and helping him deal with what  he experienced at school.
As a family we have always been very open about Adam’s disability but during filming I was constantly grappling with the tension between creating a work that is revelatory while at the same time respecting our family’s privacy. It is the film’s honesty that touches audiences the most. My intention was to shine a light on a situation that is usually extremely private and not talked about much and around, where there is often a deep sense of shame for parents.