US Premiere

DIRECTED BY Maite Alberdi

Country: Chile, Colombia, France, Holland, Netherlands
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 83min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

The subjects of Maite Alberdi’s documentary are four middle-aged students at a Chilean school for Down’s Syndrome children. The quartet studies and works in their catering department, but to what end? This winsome, opinionated group feels ready for a life of greater autonomy, yet financial independence is elusive in a system that marginalizes them as disabled. Those who caught Tea Time at the 2015 Festival know Alberdi’s capacity for generating tremendous charisma, but Grown-ups’ infectious warmth is balanced with indignation over its subjects’ dearth of options. Grown-ups doesn’t dismiss the innate challenges faced by those with Down’s Syndrome; rather, it merely urges us to consider their desires and abilities on a case-by-case basis.

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Director: Maite Alberdi
Producer: Maite Alberdi
Screenwriter: Maite Alberdi

Music: Miranda & Tobar
Cinematographer: Pablo Valdes
Editor: Menno Boerema, Juan Eduardo Murillo

Subjects: Ana María Rodríguez, Ricardo Urzúa, Andrés Martínez, Rita Guzmán

Maite Alberdi

Maite Alberdi is a Chilean filmmaker. Her film Tea Time (14) won won Best Documentary at both Miami Film Festival and Cartagena Film Festival, and was nominated for a Goya. Her other films include El Salvavidas (11), “Yo no soy de aquí” (16) and The Grown-ups (16).

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