By Donald C. Young
Raymond Hu is a unique artist with a sensitivity and fierce passion for life that comes out in his paintings. He also has Down syndrome. At the age of nineteen he has won numerous awards for his work, has been recognized in the Congressional Record, and was recently named one of "25 role models for the next 25 years" by Exceptional Parent magazine. Click here to see some examples of Raymond's work.
Raymond's Portrait interweaves interviews with Raymond, his family and his art teacher to convey the challenges of growing up with Down syndrome, the difficult yet rewarding experience of being fully included in his high school, and the way he creates his extraordinary Chinese brush paintings of animals. Raymond's Portrait introduces viewers to a remarkable young man and is a powerful example of what can happen when a child is encouraged to develop to his full potential, regardless of others' preconceptions about his abilities.
DVD version has both closed-captions and audio description.
Purchase $179 DVD
Order No. QA-267
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-924-X
"A fascinating look at a truly talented and unique artist. Also gives us insight into the every-day life of an individual with Down Syndrome. Highly Recommended." MC Journal
Awards & Conference Screenings
CINE Golden Eagle
Achievement Award, Superfest
Outstanding Documentary, Media Access Awards
Bronze, National Educational Media Network
National Council on Family Relations
Bronze Award, Worldfest Houston
AAMR Official Screening
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