Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  44 minutes
Date:  2007
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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Boy In The World

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Following four-year-old Ronen, a young boy with Down syndrome, this intimate documentary concretely demonstrates that inclusive preschool classrooms benefit both children with special needs and their typical peers.

Boy In The World

For many three and four-year-olds, learning how to live in the world begins in a preschool classroom. Children with developmental disabilities are no exception. This intimate documentary follows four-year-old Ronen, a young boy with Down syndrome, who attends a fully inclusive early childhood education center. Through his story we learn what it really means for a child to be included: the triumphs, the struggles, and the positive effects on everyone involved: classmates, parents, teachers, and community. Through interviews with teachers, administrators, parents and disability professionals, the film explores the inclusion process in depth, and concretely demonstrates that inclusive classrooms can benefit all children, both those with special needs and their typical peers. This is a rich, evocative exploration of how inclusion works, from the nuts and bolts of a successful inclusive classroom to the benefits and challenges of educational practices that help all children to learn and to find their place in the world.

'Bravo! Addresses critical elements of genuine, effective inclusion.' -Sally S. Arsenault, R.I. Department of Education

'A beautifully made film and a wonderful example of inclusion done well!' -Dr. Deborah Goessling, Providence College

'BOY IN THE WORLD shows the essence of inclusion.' -Claudia Buchinsky, parent


** Emmy Winner for Outstanding Photography
** Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
** WorldFest Houston Film Festival, Platinum Award


Main credits

Jennings, Jessica (Director)
Jennings, Jessica (Film editor)
Jennings, Jessica (Cinematographer)
Britt, Kris (Producer)
Lavall, John (Producer)

Other credits

Editor, Jessica Jennings; director of photography, Jessica Jennings.

Distributor credits

Penny Kadmon, M.D.

Penny Kadmon, M.D.
Jessica Jennings and

Docuseek2 subjects

Civil Rights
Psychology and Mental Health
Youth Issues
Early Childhood Education
Special Needs Education

Distributor subjects

Civil Rights
Fanlight Collection
Youth Issues


film; video; documentary; dvd; preschool; inclusion; disabilities; disabled; down syndrome; down; syndrome; classroom inclusion; classroom; educational practice; education; "Boy In The World"; The Fanlight Collection

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