September 26, 2017 - 07:00 PM / 10:00 PM
Atlas Performing Arts Center
In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism. Deej, the result of this often difficult partnership, is a story told largely from the inside, by DJ — a nonspeaking autistic boy navigating the world in unconventional ways — not by his parents or autism experts or even the camera. At its core, Deej reflects the level of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: nothing about us without us.