Director's thoughts on A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism

fridrikAs a film director, I have always been strongly drawn towards projects that explore the people who society often considers to be “marginal”.

My films, White Whales (1987), Children of Nature (1991), Angels of the Universe (2000), Niceland (2004) and most recently Mamma Gogo (2010), all set out to explore those "marginalized" people who don’t quite fit into ordinary life.

When I worked on Niceland I got to know some of the autistic people who were acting in the film. Impressed by their optimism and honesty, I promised myself t take a closer look into “their world” when I had the time in the future. I was convinced there was more to this subject than what we covered in Niceland.

Therefore when Frontier Filmworks approached me and suggested that I direct A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism, I immediately recognized what a valuable opportunity the experience would be. I began my work on the film by researching the conditions of the
autistic people in Iceland. I found the situation frustrating and depressing to say the least. The struggle that these people and
those closest to them are facing is unacceptable. Their situation is all the more shocking because it is taking place in such a well off society like Iceland.

I believe that people, politicians and citizens alike, have been misinformed about the condition of autism in the past. In my opinion this film will deliver valuable information and raise much needed awareness about the disorder.

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson