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Free screening of Deej and poetry reading event

DeejGraphic2018March 29, 2018
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

As a special precursor to National Poetry Month and Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Society of Minnesota, Rain Taxi, Unrestricted Interest, and Mia invite you to a special evening with a remarkable young poet named DJ Savarase. Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, DJ (“Deej”) found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. The film Deej shows how he deals with high school and dreams of college, confronting society's obstacles to inclusion and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses along the way. As part of his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean. This event will include a screening of the film, a question and answer session with DJ himself, and a short poetry reading. Cost: This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required as space is limited. Click here to register.