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6th Annual disABILITIES Film Fest & Speaker Series

Sep 23, 2010

The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. are pleased to host the 6th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series. The goal is to provide entertainment and information while exploring issues faced by individuals with disabilities. Join us in watching Profoundly Normal, with speakers Donna and Ricardo Thornton, active and strong self-advocates, and the subjects of this movie.

October 11
University at Buffalo
Center for the Arts Drama Room
103 Center for the Arts, Amherst, NY 14260

6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. - Film screening and speakers
Tickets $2/students with ID: FREE

Click here to view the flyer! 

The Film
Profoundly Normal
Based on the true story of Donna and Ricardo Thornton who met at Forest Haven; an institution for people with developmental disabilities in Laurel, Maryland. Donna (Kirstie Alley) and Ricardo (Delroy Lindo) form a bond of friendship that blossoms into love. The two overcome extraordinary circumstances to build a life together as husband and wife. Eventually, Donna and Ricardo become parents and rely upon their love for each other to raise their child in an uncertain world.
Running time: 86 minutes Rating: Unrated

The Speakers
Donna and Ricardo Thornton Ricardo and Donna Thornton are active and strong self-advocates in the Nation's Capital, the District of Columbia. They married over 26 years ago and have a son, Ricky, Jr., who is 23 years old. A movie of their life was made, entitled "Profoundly Normal," and they have had multiple interviews with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes about their life as one of Washington DC's first couples with developmental disabilities to be married.