Our House (2003)

Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Ryan Shriver

Veteran assisted-living facility employee Sevan Matossian spent one year of his career armed with a digital camera and captured 100 hours of footage of three of his developmentally disabled clients as they prepared for an independent life outside the home in Matossian's 2002 documentary entitled Our House. The three clients, Laura, Tim W., and Tim S., were all born with one or more disabilities that required institutionalization, while also being forced to cope with a society that is largely indifferent to their plight. While assisting his charges with their preparations, Matossian witnesses first-hand his clients' fears and anxieties, as well as the minor triumphs each achieves as they move closer to independence. Earning the Grand Jury Award at the 2003 Nodance Film Festival, Our House was also selected for inclusion at the Santa Barbara, Nashville, and Cinequest Film Festivals.