The 99-minute documentary chronicles the complex national phenomenon of children with developmental disabilities living in nursing facilities and state run institutions. This masterfully crafted documentary includes poignant interviews from parents, advocates, activists and elected officials and also provides a condensed history of institutionalization in the U.S. The footage for the documentary extends over many states as it reveals a common correlation between the families. The documentary features the story of Qualeigh a young boy from Norfolk, VA. who spent the first six years of his life living in Lake Taylor.
Narcel Reedus is one of our nation’s most beloved independent filmmakers. His documentary will become a catalyst for educating people from all walks of life about the evolving socioeconomic hardship and obstacles parents' face while caring for a child with a developmental disability. According to Reedus, "The stories in Not Home unfold with a mixture of interviews and vérité footage including homecomings, doctor visits, circles of support meetings, and travels with a parent on a visit to a long-term pediatric care facility. There are four interweaving stories: Mathew, Qualeigh, Essie Evans and Nola Sayne – a young adult, a child and two parents whose separate lives intersect through institutionalization. With these stories we hope to reveal incredible threads of commonality that cross community, race, and class."
Reedus’ previous work includes the award-winning short documentary Waddie Welcome, regarded by many as an influential film in the disability rights community. The filmmaker hopes the Not Home documentary will encourage, enlighten and engage a nation to create dialogue for change. The screening at the Endependence Center will be followed by a question and answer session with the director Narcel Reedus and a panel of special guests including Norfolk area parents and activists featured in the documentary.
Join filmmaker Narcel Reedus for a special screening of this film, at the Endependence Center at 6300 E. Virginia Beach Blvd at 6:00pm on Saturday, August 1th.
In addition to the screenings, the Not Home Documentary will be available on DVD as well as book format. Learn more about the new independent documentary, Not Home, at the movie’s website at http://www.NotHomeDocumentary.com/