The Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival which takes place 4-7 August at Headfort House, Kells, Co Meath is proud to present an Autism Film Focus, exploring the world of autism , from the perspective of young people, in three very different films, followed by a conversation at the end with filmmakers, subjects and audience members.

The award-winning Normal Autistic Film (Czech Republic) portrays five young people with high-functioning autism, allowing them to express freely their relationship with the world and with themselves. Filmmaker, Miroslav Janek, will be at the festival. Screening Time: Sunday 6. Aug. 4.45pm, Adam Room.

In the beautiful Polish film, Communion (Poland) 14-year-old Ola finds herself as head of a household ,which includes Nikodem, her 13-year-old brother with autism and it falls on Ola to prepare her brother for First Communion.

Screening Time: Sunday 6 Aug. 2.15 pm, Hangar Cinema.

The Oscar nominated Life, Animated (US) tells the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he found his voice through characters in the Disney films he watched over and over again. Owen’s mother,  Cornelia Suskind will attend the festival to share her family’s experience.  Screening Time followed by panel discussion: Sunday 6 August 7.45pm, The Hangar Cinema, Headfort House.