DVD | Life in the Shadows
- A Film by Four-Time Academy Award® Winner CHARLES GUGGENHEIM
- John F. Kennedy’s pioneering movement
- The emergence of mental retardation into public awareness
Life In the Shadows focuses on President John F. Kennedy’s pioneering effort to improve the lives of persons with mental retardation. His advocacy culminated in the 1963 signing of the first piece of legislation in our country’s history addressing the needs of citizens with mental retardation and
underwriting research and programs of action in the area of hereditary disorders, child disease and birth defects.
As a result, millions of people emerged from lives of shame and isolation and were given their first opportunity to lead normal and productive lives.
With strong support from the President’s sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, this global crusade has been of special interest to the Kennedy family because their eldest sister Rosemary lived with mental disabilities. In 1946, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation was established by Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, in memory of their eldest son killed in World War II, in order to improve the treatment of citizens with mental retardation, and help identify its causes and assist in its prevention.
Through the leadership of members of the Kennedy family, individuals with intellectual disabilities have now been empowered to realize and achieve their full potential.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
- EXCLUSIVE AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER AND CHARLES GUGGENHEIM
- SIGNIFICANT SPEECHES BY PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, JR. FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization founded in memory of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Its mission is to provide leadership in the field, and service to persons with mental retardation and their families.
- BLACK & WHITE
- 10 MINUTES