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Life, Animated


A documentary by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Suskind. Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? Life, Animated is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies and turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, and brotherhood.


  • The Hollywood Reporter
    "A RADIANT, uplifting story. The film is a DOCUMENTARY GEM."
    Duane Byrge
  • Variety
    "deeply moving...a warm testament to a family's love and resilience"
    Justin Chang
    "It's a film to which I believe everyone can relate, an EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE."
    Sheila O'Malley
  • The Guardian
    "INCREDIBLY MOVING documentary...a must-watch"
    Lanre Bakare

Festival Participation

  • Sundance Film Festival - 2016
    Directing Award: US Documentary
  • Berkshire International Film Festival - 2016
    Audience Award
  • Full Frame Film Festival - 2016
    Audience Award
  • Nantucket Film Festival - 2016
    Audience Award
  • Telluride Mountain Film Festival - 2016
    Audience Award
  • San Francisco International Film Festival - 2016
    Audience Award
  • Tribeca Film Festival

Additional Materials

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