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A Mother Asks If She’s Selfless Enough To Care For A Son With Autism
National Public Radio

Sophie Sartain had long worked in documentary filmmaking as a writer and editor. For her first film as a director, she turned the camera on her own family.

Starting in 2009, she began filming her grandmother Mimi, then 92, who had cared for Sartain’s aunt, Dona, for decades. Dona has an intellectual disability and “perhaps some undiagnosed autism,” Sartain says. From there the film Mimi and Dona was born. It was released last week on PBS’ Independent Lens.

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