What did you learn from your previous films Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion and Including Samuel that informed the making of your new film, Who Cares About Kelsey? It’s important to ask honest and provocative questions that may make people uncomfortable at times. Both films asked viewers to consider some challenging notions. In Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion: Can teenagers have healthy and appropriate sexual relationships? Is it still possible to wait until your wedding night for the ‘first time’? In Including Samuel: Can students with the most complex intellectual, physical, and mental disabilities still be fully included in general education classes? In Who Cares About Kelsey?: What are our traditional notions of disability? Can an emotional or behavioral disability grow out of traumatic events of childhood? Can school discipline be administered in a way that is positive and not punitive?
Dan Habib is the Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. His film, Including Samuel, was broadcast nationwide on public television stations in Fall 2009 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor. In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year for papers with a circulation under 100,000. He has been a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes and is a six-time New Hampshire Photographer of the Year. Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire with their sons Isaiah, 15, and Samuel, 12.
by Nicole Fruge posted August 15, 2012 category Sound and VisionDan Habib: A Filmmaker’s Exploration of School Inclusion
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