Forget Me Not

A young boy is facing sideways to the camera, an adult behind him is helping him pack his backpack which has a cartoon animal on it.

Screenings

May 19, 2021May 27, 2021
9:00 AM11:59 PM /
New York
Watch the film at your own pace May 19-27 on our film streaming platform
QA Session with the Filmmaker
May 19, 2021
8:30 PM /
New York
Click "take part" for live Q&A w/ filmmaker Olivier Bernier, Hilda Bernier, Lydia X. Z. Brown, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network & Sue Swenson, Inclusion International & Sabrina Queenan. Moderated by Carlos Rios-Espinosa, Disability Rights Division, HRW
QA Session with the Filmmaker

As 3-year-old Emilio is ready to start school, his family finds itself cornered in the United States’ most segregated education system - New York City public schools. Fighting for their son’s right to an inclusive education – where Emilio and other children with disabilities would be taught alongside their classmates without disabilities - film director Olivier and his wife Hilda investigate the personal stories of students and their parents in the US. With children with disabilities worldwide less likely to attend school, these experiences expose just a handful of the widespread injustices currently taking place in the educational system and beyond for kids with disabilities. Forget Me Not reveals a path to a more inclusive society that starts with welcoming diversity in the classroom.

“As a director, this is not only a story I will be telling – this is a story I am living. When I was a child, I didn’t go to an inclusive school. I was never exposed to anyone with intellectual disabilities, and I was ill-prepared for my own son’s arrival. I want to use this opportunity to make sure this never happens to anyone again.”
- Olivier Bernier, director, Forget Me Not

“What we're talking about here is the society we want to have in the future in which people with disabilities are welcome. And inclusion is the beginning of that.”
- Thomas Hehir, film participant, Forget Me Not

Accessibility: Closed-captioning available in English. Audio-described (AD) version of the film also available.

 

Watch at your own pace anytime between May 19 - 27, or join us and watch-along before the live Q&A

Wednesday, May 19
6:45 PM EDT / 3:45 PM PDT – Start film
8:30 PM EDT / 5:30 PM PDT – Join us for a live Q&A. Register here!

 

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Filmmaker(s): 
Olivier Bernier
Country of Production: 
United States
Year: 
2021
100m
Language(s): 
English (Closed-captioning available in English & Portuguese.) Audio-described (AD) version of the film also available.
Genre: 
Documentary
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Olivier Bernier
Director

Award winning Director, Olivier Bernier is committed to tell stories that explore the human condition and put a hyper focus on topics that can change the way we look at the world. Part American, part Quebecois, Olivier is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the production company, Rota6 Films, specializing in documentary and commercial films. Olivier’s here to present his latest project, the feature documentary titled Forget Me Not.

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