OUR COMPASS DVD
OURCOMPASS tells the previously unheard stories of a group of youth living in Toronto, who are also labelled as having intellectual disabilities. This diverse group comes together at Compass - a weekly drop-in for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth at Griffin Centre - where they are offered a support group, a social network, and a safe place to explore their identities. Shattering stereotypes, these unforgettable youth talk openly about sex, relationships, battling stigma and coming out. Personal interviews, group footage and dramatic photography capture the resilience of these youth as they come together to form "rainbow family".
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AWARD: Canadian Jury Recognition, 2010 Inside Out LGBT Film and Video Festival
REVIEW: "Films that have positive portrayals of people with intellectual disabilities are rare. First person accounts and films created by disabled people are even rarer."
Jennifer Patterson, Journal on Developmental Disabilities (2009)
Language: English, Format DVD, Colour, 29 minutes, 2009
Documentary is generously funded by:
Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Children and Youth Mental Health Fund: Year 4-Innovation Fund The Ontario Trillium Foundation
City of Toronto, AIDS Prevention Community Investment Program