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Lest We Forget: Silent Voices

Authors: Mark R. Lyons

ISBN: 1-57295-958-4


Here's a description of this 42 minute film taken from the Fanlight Productions website:

"Lest We Forget is a powerful and empowering journey through the first-person stories of people with developmental disabilities — once labeled “mentally defective” — who were sent away to state institutions. The life-long impact of institutionalization was experienced not only by those who spent decades in these human warehouses. The story is also told through the voices of the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters who were left behind, as well as the pioneering professionals and advocates who put their own lives and careers in jeopardy to bring about change.

The film notes that when change came about, it was the work, at least partially, of staff with roots in the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 60’s and 70’s — and some of the opponents were the same as well. One speaker recalls that when his institution attempted to prosecute an employee for severe abuse of a resident, the head of the local Ku Klux Klan came out to demonstrate. Early attempts to create community group homes as an alternative were vigorously and sometimes violently opposed by neighbors. Some homes were vandalized and threatened with arson.

These are stories that happened throughout America — and only a few decades ago. The film is an important and unusual effort to record and preserve these recollections of a little-known part of the civil rights movement before they are lost to history."

Description copied on 7/8/15 from www.fanlight.com/catalog/films/490_lwf.php

Contact Info:
Organization:Fanlight Productions
Address:4196 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02131
Phone:800) 937-4113
Fax:617) 469-3379
Cost:$248 (DVD)

Web Links

Web-based description of this film

Home page of Fanlight Productions

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