It all started on a family vacation. In 2006, the 25-year-old, vital, handsome, talented Jason DaSilva was on a beach with his family when, suddenly, he fell down and couldn’t get back up. Doctors told him he had multiple sclerosis, and it could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other problems. Jason decided to exercise more, but the problem just got worse. So he turned to his mom. She reminded him that he was a fortunate, privileged North American kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most—art and filmmaking. So Jason picked up the camera, turned it on himself, and began filming the slow, difficult decline of his body and the miracles he encountered along the way.
An emotional and inspirational documentary that is a pleasure to watch, When I Walk is an energizing and self-generating film experience whose creative engine is its young filmmaker’s determination to live and his ability to make sense of being plagued by a devastating disease through the art of cinematic storytelling. - S. F.
About the Director
Jason DaSilva is a documentary filmmaker and transmedia producer. His films include Lest We Forget and the shorts First Steps, Twins of Mankala, A Song for Daniel, and Olivia’s Puzzle, which screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and qualified for an Academy Award. Three of his films have had national broadcasts on PBS, HBO, and CBC. In 2012, he launched a mobile application called AXS Map, funded by Google charitable giving.
Cast and Credits
Director: Jason DaSilva
Screenwriters: Jason DaSilva, Alice Cook
Executive Producers: Stanley Nelson, Yael Melamede
Producers: Jason DaSilva, Alice Cook
Cinematographers: Leigh DaSilva, Karin Hayes, Alice Cook
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