18:32 / documentary / 2009 / Belgium
Spoken language: Dutch
Beyond Borders is a strong poetical mosaic narration representing three people of different ethnic origin having a physical or mental disability: Amin, a boy with Down syndrome from Irac, Elena from Uzbekistan, who has MS, and Moroccan Mohamed, a blind man who runs marathons…three unique lives, one universal story.
Directed by Belgian filmmaker Brecht Vanmeirhaeghe, Beyond Borders takes you beyond the dividing lines between people. It breaks through the walls of indifference and insensitivity. This film leaves no one untouched.
The film has won numerous awards, including Best of the festival award – Focus Film Festival (USA).
“Jayden! Jayden! Jayden!” Everyone’s shouting, but he’s not listening. Jayden is two. He’s autistic. He can’t communicate. His frustrated parents are trying desperately to connect to a quiet, distant child. All they want is a glance, a smile, and just maybe a word — some semblance of recognition, some hint of response. It’s a painful process and takes many months but at a special school in The Bronx, a minor miracle is about to unfold. Share the excitement and relief as cameras capture Jayden’s first ever word: “Bye.”