Films About Autism

Resource Library: Films & Movies About Autism

Dad's in Heaven with Nixon
A documentary filmmaker chronicles the struggle of his mother to heal his brother's brain damage and autism, while delving into his family's sad history of mental illness and creative brilliance.

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism
A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism, a documentary by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, tells the story of a mother who has done everything in her power to help her son. She has the quenchless thirst for knowledge about the mysterious and complex condition that autism undeniably is. Along they way, Margret meets other families and hears their unique stories about how they too have been touched by autism.

Autism: The Musical
Following five LA children over the course of six months, director Tricia Regan captures the struggles and triumphs of their family lives and observes how this musical production gives these performers a comfort zone in which they can explore their creative sides.

God's Ears
An autistic boxer must climb out of one dark ring into another as he takes on a new opponent in the persona of a lonely dancer: love. The new independent film from filmmaker Michael Worth donates a portion of proceeds from DVD sales to Autism Speaks.

Documentary filmmaker Henry Corra gave his 12-year-old son with autism a video camera to document his own life. George, the firm that emerged, is a moving look at autism. The film, which aired on HBO in 2000, is now available on DVD.

The Horse Boy
The Horse Boy chronicles the journey of the Isaacson family as they travel through Mongolia in search of a mysterious shaman who they believe can heal their autistic son. This film delves into the strange world of autism, horses, shamanism, and Mongolia while telling the story of a family that will go to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life.

JJ's Journey: A Journey About Autism
JJ's Journey is a documentary film released in April 2008 in honor of Autism Awareness Month. This film is full of resources and therapies to help those on the spectrum. Since intolerance is the biggest challenge, 20-year-old JJ wants to make a difference and provide hope to other families. He and his mom believe this documentary is the best way to help educate society by sharing their story.

Kids with Cameras
Kids with Cameras is a documentary that follows the progress, challenges, and triumphs of a group of autistic children participating in a film camp hosted by non-profit organization Actors for Autism. This one-hour documentary provides a window into revealing moments of the kids' private lives - combined with interviews with their families - as they learn to express themselves through films, poems, paintings, and music.

Mr. Blue Sky
Mr. Blue Sky is a heart-grabbing story that will ultimately change the way society views all people as "individuals" first and foremost.

Refrigerator Mothers
From the 1950's through the 1970's, the medical establishment mistakenly believed it had found the root cause of autism: poor mothering. Doctors presumed that the often obsessive behaviors of autistic children - rigid rituals, speech difficulty, self-isolation - stemmed from their mothers' emotional frigidity. Refrigerator Mothers explores the traumatic legacy of blame, guilt and self-doubt suffered by a generation of women who were branded "refrigerator mothers."

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin paints a picture of a young woman's perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still quite unknown. The film chronicles Temple's early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; the enduring support she received from her mother, aunt and her science teacher; and her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior. 

Temple Grandin: 'A View from the Inside, Everything About Autism You Always Wanted to Know'
In this interview, Tenple Grandin speaks about autism and her experiences growing up and going through life with the condition. She explains the way she thinks and how things make her feel. This is a very inspiring interview between an autism parent and one of the few people in the world who can offer him some insight into his son's mind. Temple Grandin answers the questions that every parent or person with a family member on the spectrum wants to ask.

We're All in This Together: Understanding the Humanity of Autism
This video illustrates the journey real parents, families, professionals, paraprofessionals, and other caregivers take as they develop constructive and effective relationship skills supportive of people with autism. The video helps people who have little exposure to autism understand the autism spectrum. Additionally, the video is a resource for those who have everyday contact with people on the autism spectrum to illustrate the significance of their role in supporting a person with autism to grow and develop.