Amber and Me, a new documentary sharing the experience of twins Olivia and Amber, the latter of whom lives with Down’s syndrome, is set to premiere at cinemas around the UK on Sunday 21 March – World Down’s Syndrome Day.
The directorial debut from their father Ian Davies, the film follows the twins as they begin school together, an experience that starts out positive until Amber begins to struggle and asks to stay home, while Olivia tries to provide her with the support she needs to stay with her in the classroom. Highlighting both girls’ unique perspectives, it offers viewers an intimate portrait of the sisters as they navigate through the beginning of their scholastic life in their own words, filmed over four years.
The film has garnered warm praise, with filmmaker Paul Wightman calling it an “intimate and honest portrayal of the personal and societal challenges faced by twin sisters on distinctly different journeys, as seen through the eyes of a concerned and loving parent.”
A virtual premiere will take place this Sunday, on World Down’s Syndrome Day, with the film’s release having been delayed by over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Screenings will be supported by a number of cinema partners across the country, including the Glasgow Film Theatre, Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, the Strand Arts Centre in Belfast, and the Storyhouse in Chester, among others. The virtual screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with the director, Amber and Olivia, and others involved in the film or charities.
Tickets can also be purchased directly from the film’s website, with each ticket supporting its charity partners, which includes Mencap, the Twins Trust, and Down’s Syndrome Oxford.
The team behind Amber and Me are currently trying to fund the creation of educational materials to be used alongside the movie, with the goal of making it available to primary schools with the aim of promoting diversity and inclusion. To support or find out more, visit their Go Fund Me page.
Watch the film’s trailer below:
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Image: Iain Davies/Amber Doc Films