Pass the Popcorn: Movies of Interest

Posted by Patricia Manko on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 @ 01:38 PM

Best Kept Secret World Premiere

Please join The Arc of Massachusetts this Saturday, April 27 at 8 PM, at the Somerville Theatre for the world premiere of “Best Kept Secret,”  a documentary that provides a window into the world of a Newark, NJ public school teacher as she struggles to prepare her students with autism to survive in the brutal world that awaits them once they graduate.

This film has received a grant from the Sundance Institute and support from U.S. Senator Bob Mendendez.  

Watch the trailer



The Punk Syndrome

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (Pertti Kurikka's Name Day), a punk band from Finland, is the subject of the documentary "The Punk Syndrome," which won the SXGlobal Audience Award at this year's SXSW Film Festival.

The documentary provides a sincere and honest look at the lives of the four band members, who are all adults living with varying degrees of intellectual disabilities.

The band is made up of Pertti Kurikka (guitar), Kari Aalito (vocals), Sami Helle (bass) and Toni Välitalo (drums).

The band"s members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, play their music with a lot of attitude and pride. We follow these professional musicians on their journey from obscurity to popularity. We watch them fight, fall in love and witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. It’s a film about the essence of punk - it's a story of  people with disabilities rebelling against the mainstream.

 Watch the trailer below.

 Caution- the content contains profanity and images that may be offensive to some viewers.  The band's message however, comes across loud and clear in any language.


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