POV "When I Walk"

POV "When I Walk"

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Director Jason DaSilva looking through the camera.

Credit: Courtesy of Anne Levy

Jason DaSilva shares his story of determination to survive—and to make sense of a devastating disease through the art of cinema.

In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored.  Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.

An emotional documentary filled with unexpected moments of humor and joy, When I Walk airs as part of Dialogue on Disability, Sunday, January 17 at 2:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The Dialogue on Disability initiative is a partnership between WXXI and the Al Sigl Community of Agencies designed to help break the ingrained stereotypes about individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. From January 10-17 WXXI will present special programming on WXXI-TV and WXXI radio. These programs are designed stimulate dialogue about people with disabilities and motivate us to be a more inclusive community. The partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl, is supported by the Golisano Foundation and our MOVE TO INCLUDE initiative. It’s also part of Al Sigl’s Herman and Margaret Schwartz Community Series, funded by the Fred L. Emerson Foundation.