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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

What's Eating Rain Man?

This study examines the role that people with autism have in feature films and looks at the effect of their portrayal on both the autistic community and mainstream society. Films including Rain Man, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Snow Cake, and Mozart and the Whale are compared and contrasted with one another in order to expand the analysis to include both Hollywood hits and lesser known films. Because it has been determined that films influence the public's concept of people groups, this study seeks to discern if stereotypes of those with autism are reinforced or if the films offer a more realistic and enlightened view.

Presenter: Melissa Broderick (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Film Studies
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 3 pm (Session IV)