“Ian” is a must-watch film for all students and parents.
When Sheila Graschinsky saw how children treated her disabled son she became inspired to change perceptions about those with disabilities. Her son, Ian, can only talk with the help of a machine and was teased daily when he visited his rehabilitation center by children from a nearby school.
Sheila went to the school to confront the bullying and discovered the school had no tools to teach the children that bullying is wrong. Sheila wrote a book simply titled “Ian” published by Penguin about her son. Handing out books at schools didn’t have the widespread effect she wanted so she helped produce a short animated film titled “Ian,” that seeks to raise awareness about bullying suffered by children with motor and neurological disabilities.
“Ian,” written by Gastón Gorali, directed by Abel Goldfarb and produced by Academy Award winner Juan José Campanella and Fundación Ian, premiered at Cannes in 2018. Fundación Ian is a nonprofit founded by Ian’s mom Sheila, whose mission is to combat the lack of information and knowledge that often lead people with disabilities to be bullied and isolated.
The Art or Autism is proud to feature this beautiful and inspired film which features stop-gap animation and CGI. There is no dialogue so this film can be seen by those of all languages. “Ian” evokes the pain of separation and bullying from classmates and the joy of finally being included and accepted. Real-life photos of Sheila’s son being included on the playground are shown at the end of the film.
“Ian” has won many accolades including Best Animation at the LA Shorts Animation Film Festival in 2018. It was released simultaneously by all the major children’s networks in Latin America.
Kudos to Sheila Graschinsky who is making a difference for people with disabilities around the world.