Sunday, September 26, 2010

This is the best show! It was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards and won 7!

Here is the synopsis from

"A young, autistic woman sees the world like no other, taking snapshots of the world in her mind, and recalling them without thought. She substitutes human contact for a life of caring for animals, developing humane methods of taking care of livestock destined for the slaughterhouse. Her peculiar communication skills and intelligence shed new light on pre-conceived norms of autism. Misunderstood her entire life, by her peers, her parents, and her teachers, she manages to teach them all new lessons in life. She excels at all levels of school, and eventually becomes a college valedictorian, and even manages to earn her doctorate. Her 'squeeze' machine, hugs her giving her comfort and the love that she is incapable of receiving from human contact. Despite challenges from everyone she meets, she overcomes their fear and loathing of her, and wins them over, throughout her difficult life. She goes on to change an industry - fighting the man's world of the cattle industry as she creates new and humane ways for dealing with cattle, treating them with respect and even saving the cattle industry money."

It really showed how Temple sees the world and it gave a glimpse into her mind. I saw a lot of Hanna in this film and found myself blubbering several times (I'm not usually blubbery, but this topic is pretty dear to my heart). Also, the real Temple Grandin was one of the people on the commentary. It was interesting to hear her comments about the film.

One of the lines I loved best is, "Different, not less." Really it's true. Temple turned her Autism and the things that made her "different" into huge strengths that allowed her to accomplish things that "typical" people never would have even thought to do. I think Hanna is that way. She may be strange and quirky, but she has gifts that she can use to help others in a way no one else can. Who knows, maybe instead of a trial--Autism might just be a blessing.

I give it 2 thumbs up and 5 stars! If you feel like being inspired and uplifted, check out Temple Grandin-- you won't be sorry.

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