The Grown-Ups

1:00pm, Sunday, November 12
Guelph Youth Music Centre

The Grown-Ups
Maite Alberdi
82 minutes
Spanish w/ English subtitles


In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. They always believed that they would be able to do everything they weren’t allowed before, like living on their own, driving, hanging out, having sex, being parents, getting married, and having a real job. But things are not changing for them, they have Down Syndrome and they have to deal with the frustration of living as if they were still ten years old, when they are almost fifty. The Grown-Ups is a humorous and at times sad and uncomfortable look at the tragic limbo of conscious adults

About the Director

Maite Alberdi is a Chilean film director, documentarian, and writer. Her nominations include the Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film, and the European Film Award for Best Short Film.


Post Film Discussion:

Karen Calzonetti will lead the post-film discussion. Karen has been the Project Manager of J.O.E. since its inception and is currently the EmployMEnt Options Lead for Community Living Guelph Wellington.
J.O.E. (Jobs, Opportunities and Enterprise), was created by a group of Guelph families to develop job opportunities for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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