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Mothers of Courage

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It's ten-year-old Bethany's school concert, and her parents are watching anxiously. Bethany may live with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, hydrocephalus and visual impairment, but as she takes to the stage with her peers, she shines.

An intimate glimpse into the struggles and joys of a family with a special-needs child, Mothers of Courage explores how a person with disabilities can thrive if given adequate support. The film unfolds from the perspective of Bethany's mother, Marlene, who fights to secure her daughter's future. Marlene must navigate complex layers of health care, education and government bureaucracies that often prove frustrating and unyielding.

Footage of the family's daily life is interwoven with candid commentary from health professionals, teachers and the other mothers of disabled children whom Marlene encourages through her advocacy. As Bethany flourishes, what emerges is an uplifting story of strength, perseverance and the love between mother and child.


2003, 48 min