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
Canada
604 251 5994
E-mail: mkaplan@telus.net


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



Filmography
 
2008 The boy inside
2002 Deconstructing Supper
1991

Songololo: Voices of Change 

1985

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

 


Synopsis
 

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.

Web Site: www.theboyinside.com


World sales
 
DR International Sales
DR Byen, Emil Holms Kanal 20, DK-0999 Copenhagen
Denmark
+45 3520 3040
E-mail: kimc@dr.dk


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.