Monday, June 7, 2010

Memory Keeper's Daughter: A Powerful Movie About The Misperception of Disabilities

Memory Keeper's Daughter is a very powerful tragedy about misperceptions of disabilities. The main character, Dr David Henry gives away his daughter at birth. and tells his wife that their daughter died. His justification for his actions is that his daughter has Down Syndrome, and his sister who also had Down Syndrome died in her teens. He considers Down Syndrome a terminal illness and prefers to save himself and his wife the pain of raising a child who will die at a young age. The problem for Dr. Henry is that, though he is not aware of it, Down Syndrome is not a terminal illness and people with Down Syndrome can and do live a very long time, thank you very much. In fact, in recent years, the life expectancy for people with Down Syndrome has been rapidly increasing.

Memory Keeper's Daughter underlines the problem with prejudging the impact of a disability. Many people erroneously believe that a disability is the end of the world. Dr David, believed that a dead child was better than a child with Down Syndrome. However, this movie is also about the people who loved the little girl and who could see beyond her disability to the wonderful girl she was and the wonderful woman she would become.

Watch the trailer for Memory Keeper's Daughter: