Documentary explores boy’s autism through his twin sister’s eyes

According to Avery Medvin, her twin brother Xander is going to be a superhero when he grows up because he is good at “helping people.” This is just one aspect of Xander explained in the documentary the twins’ mother, Jenn Medvin, is making about her children. As Avery explains, the purpose behind the creation of the short film is to show that “autistic kids are not scary or weird; they’re just different from us.” The short film will be called Little Hero: A tale in two parts. According to Little Hero’s Kickstarter page, the documentary depicts “a 6-year-old boy’s Autism as seen through his twin sister’s eyes.” During July, the film successfully raised over $10,000 in thirty days, and Medvin plans on submitting the documentary to film festivals this summer.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.