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Robert Rooy, Filmmaker

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

5:45PM Pre-Film Reception; 6:30PM Film

Post-film panel discussion with Robert Rooy,

RACC faculty and community leaders.

DEEJ is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and an advocate for students with autism who are nonspeaking. As a child, he was trapped in a silent world, abused in foster care, and written off as “retarded”. Now, as a high school student dreaming of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, stubborn obstacles to inclusion, and the often paralyzing beauty of his own senses. As an advocate for others like him, he embraces filmmaking and poetry and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.

In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a person with autism who is nonspeaking, Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges representing autism. Funded by ITVS, DEEJ is a story told from the inside, by DJ-not by his parents or autism experts. It embodies the level of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.”

For tickets and information: Miller Center Box Office 610.607.6270 or MillerCenter.racc.edu

$5 General Admission

Free for Miller Center members, RACC faculty & students

4 North 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19601

DEEJ is being presented in partnership with:

4 North 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19603

“On Screen/In Person” is a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation made

possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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