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Movie Premier of Anita (sponsored by the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization)

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Movie Premier of Anita (sponsored by the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization)

Time: July 27, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Living Room Theater at on the FAU Campus
Street: 777 Glades Road
City/Town: Boca Raton
Website or Map: http://fau.livingroomtheaters…
Phone: 561.912.1231
Event Type: movie, premier
Organized By: Anne Dichele
Latest Activity: Jul 21, 2011

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On Wednesday July 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., members and friends of The Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, a non-profit which provides education, support,social activities and advocacy for persons with Down syndrome and their families, will be guests of the Living Room Theater at the premier of Anita. Anita is the work of Argentinean filmmaker Marcos Carnevale and features Alejandra Manzo, an actress with Down syndrome. More information about the premier evening is available by emailing Anne at ad.gcdso@bellsouth.net or calling 561.912.1231. RXVPS are required. The sub-titled Spanish-language
film opens to the general public on July 29, 2011 at the Living Room Theater at on the FAU Campus, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431.  For information and show times contact http://fau.livingroomtheaters.com/561.549.2600.

Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization Executive Director Terri Harmon comments:  “Anita is a film that brings to life the abilities of persons with Down syndrome and Ms. Manzo is a
testament to the capacity of persons with Down syndrome to work and contribute to society. The film opens to the public on July 29th and we hope that many people will attend this movie to broaden their understanding of people with Down syndrome living in their communities.” 

Anita tells the story of Anita Feldman (Alejandra Manzo), a young woman with Down syndrome, lives a happy, routine life being meticulously cared for by her mother (Norma Aleandro). But one tragic morning changes everything when Anita is left alone,
confused and helpless when the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed. As she wanders through the city, she learns not only to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her, from an alcoholic to afamily of Asian immigrants.

Anita is the latest from renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale, director of "Elsa and Fred". The film stars Academy Award nominated actress Norma Aleandro (called the "Meryl Streep" of Argentina), Peto Menahem, Luis Luque, Leonor Manso (who was named Best Supporting Actress at the 2009 Argentinean Academy Awards for her performance), and introduces Alejandra Manzo as Anita!Manzo, an actress with Down syndrome, has been receiving huge acclaim for her performance - the Pittsburgh City Paper says "Manzo shines in the role, drawing viewers in with her sincerity, tenacity and joy."

 

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