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‘Raising Matty Christian’ shown at disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series

The inspiring story of a boy born without limbs or a tongue is the featured film at the disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series, at 3 and 7 p.m. April 25 in Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.). The annual event seeks to “educate attendees, challenge stereotypes and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities.”

“Raising Matty Christian” details the legacy of Matthew Christian, a young man who “never took no for an answer, achieved a great deal of success and set out to live life to the fullest,” as we learn through more than 30 interviews conducted for the documentary with his parents, brother and friends.

“Getting this story done just right has been one of my greatest challenges as a filmmaker, but it’s Matty’s story and everyday perseverance that I will always carry with me as a result,” director Christian de Rezendes said in notes about the film.

De Rezendes and associate producer Paul Plotkin will discuss the movie at a reception between screenings at 5 p.m. Friday in the Museum of disABILITY History (3826 Main St.). Movie tickets are $5. Call 629-3626 or visit

– Toni Ruberto

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