The Grown-Ups
Director: Maite Alberdi
Country: Chile
Year of production: 2017
Duration: 82 min
  • Human rights
  • Right to human dignity
  • Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Journalists
  • Activists / NGOs
  • Students
  • Pupils
  • Teachers
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Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrés have been attending a school for children with Down syndrome for 40 years. After all this time, they are starting to tire of this safe, familiar environment. Now over 45 years old, some of them feel that working in the school bakery is no longer a challenge. They also yearn for freedom on a more personal level. Anita and Andrés are in love but still live with their families. They dream of finding a quiet place to be alone together, and they want to get married and raise a family. Sadly, the society they live in is not equipped to cater to their desire for more independence. In spite of the training they receive on becoming ‘responsible adults’, all four of them remain dependent on others to make decisions for them, much to their frustration.
Maite Alberdi
is a Chilean director and producer. She studied Film and Aesthetics at the Universidad Católica de Chile. As a director she has developed a highly particular style that achieves an intimate portrayal of the characters she works with, through everyday stories in small-scale worlds. At IDFA in 2011 she premiered her first feature film The Lifeguard. Through Micromundo, her production company, she directed her film Tea Time which premiered at IDFA 2014.
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