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Tying Your Own Shoes

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Tying Your Own Shoes is an intimate glimpse into the exceptional mindsets and emotional lives of four adult artists with Down Syndrome. An artful, four-way essay about ability, this animated documentary explores how it feels to be a little bit unusual.

In her follow-up to her award-winning film, John and Michael, filmmaker Shira Avni pursues a deeper understanding of esteem and disability by inviting Petra, Matthew, Daninah and Katherine to consider their pasts, relationships and ambitions.

Tying Your Own Shoes is a hybrid of auteur documentary and animation cinema, two forms with which The National Film Board of Canada has developed a world-renowned expertise over the past 70 years.

2009, 16 min 11 s

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Grand Prix Japan Prize - Welfare Education Category
International Educational Program Contest Japan Prize
October 20 to 27 2010, Tokyo - Japan

Award for Excellence and Innovation in Video
Canadian Network for Innovation in Education
May 16 to 19 2010, Hamilton - Canada

Honourable Mention for the Short Documentary Award
Doxa - Documentary Film and Video Festival
May 7 to 16 2010, Vancouver - Canada

Audience Award
Tricky Women International Women's Animated Film Festival
March 4 to 8 2010, Vienna - Austria

Golden Dove for Best Short Documentary- with a cash prize of € 5000
International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 26 to November 1 2009, Leipzig - Germany