Through filmmaker / participant collaboration we explore Annabel’s creativity and potential, co-writing a cinematic finale scene, that better reflects who she is and how she sees herself – a dynamic performer who loves music and a member of a vibrant and diverse community.
Annabel Hernandez, a born performer with Down syndrome, gets a chance to tell her story from her perspective. This short film is an experiment in how the documentary genre can better, and more authentically, represent individuals who have intellectual disabilities as well as the diversity and vibrancy of a community that is often overlooked. We prioritized Annabel’s agency and leadership in determining the direction of the film as she shares her story her way and asks her friends and family the questions she’s most curious about – How do you feel about adults with Down syndrome? How do you feel about me having Down syndrome?