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Here's a description of this film copied from the Program Development Associates website:

"A charming older gentleman tells about the forty years he spent inside Mansfield Training School, a Connecticut institution closed in 1990. Fred Calabrese tells of the unpleasant realities of decades of institutional life, then a move to his own apartment. And Fred is a disturbingly honest but overwhelmingly charming speaker on his own behalf.

Rather than imposing its own analysis, the video leads the viewer to understand and reflect on what institutional living and freedom have meant to one remarkable man. His reflections on life inside are intercut with footage expressing the ideals of the institution. Rather than a traditional, third-person documentary about the State institution or Fred's life, each speaks for itself. Fred talks about his life and shares his indomitable, lyrical spirit."

Click on the "Web Links" tab above to view this description on the distributor's website, obtain purchasing information, and download several free discussion guides on institutionalization for use with the video each tailored to a specific group (i.e., self-advocates, family members, professionals, and community groups). There is also a link to the Quality Mall listing for a sequel documentary, "Fred's Roman Holiday." It describes a trip Fred took to Italy to learn about the dictator Benito Mussolini who had long fascinated Fred. The trip helped Fred heal from his long time of living in an institution.

Description copied on 6/25/2015 from www.disabilitytraining.com/product-info.php?Fred_s_Story_DVD-pid160.html
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