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Exploring Motherhood: Navigating the Journey of Disability

October 20 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

Join us for an evening of honoring motherhood & disability with filmmakers Nöelle Gentile, Michael Mejia, & Victoria Kereszi, and storyteller Bethany Van Delft. The short film Between Us and feature documentary film Into Loving Hands will be screened, followed by a panel discussion about motherhood, choice, giving birth and advocating for a child with disabilities and medical complexities in a society that was not built with them in mind. 

Funded by iEAR Presents!; co-sponsored by The Arc NY, The Doula Network of the Capital Region, and The People’s Health Sanctuary. Curated by Branda Miller.

Into Loving Hands: In the fall of 2012, Chris and Rebecca Williams were thrilled to be expecting a second child, but halfway through their pregnancy at a routine ultrasound, they discovered that prenatal testing indicated that something was terribly – fatally – wrong. The couple, staunchly pro-choice, was subsequently faced with momentous decisions as they grappled with the hand they’d been dealt while also trying to navigate both the medical community and society.

This film chronicles four years of the Williams’ journey, from their initial grief to the unexpected miracle of life, the midwife’s exam room to the pediatric OR at Boston Children’s Hospital, capturing the emotional challenges and triumphs of what it’s like to raise a child with Down Syndrome and multiple heart defects.

a headshot of Victoria Kereszi

Victoria Kereszi – Director of Into Loving Hands

a portrait of NOËLLE GENTILE leaning against a brick wall

Noëlle Gentile – Co-Director & Writer of Between Us

Michael Mejia – Co-Director, Director of Photography, & Editor of Between Us

Bethany Van Delft – Comedian & Storyteller

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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