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Film Screening: Deej

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism is excited to be partnering with the ReelAbilities: Houston Film & Arts Festival again in 2020! We will be screening the ReelAbilities film, Deej, at HCRJ in advance of the festival on Sunday, February 9 at 2pm.

DJ Savarese (“Deej”) finds comfort in words, as expressed by his poetry, spoken through a text-to-voice synthesizer. Adopted by a loving and supportive family, Deej navigates the college admissions process as a young adult on the autism spectrum, while confronting obstacles to inclusion.

Watch a film preview here. Check out the Deej website here.

Refreshments will be provided. Sign up with Justin at 713-782-4162 or Justin@hcrj.org.


What They’re Saying about Deej:

Deej is the best film on autism I’ve ever seen. So much of DJ’s experience resonates deeply with me; it feels authentic from start to finish. Deej is an important film for anyone who wants to understand autistic lives.”

Brent White
Adult Transition Program Director,
Ala Costa Centers, Berkeley, CA

Deej represents a giant leap forward in shifting public perception of nonspeaking Autistic people. The documentary brings to light the idea of presuming competence and how…that one thought can provide a bright future.”

Ari Ne’eman
Co-Founder, Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Founder, WeSupport.com


Organized by the Jewish Family Service Alexander Institute for Inclusion in collaboration with the Houston’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, the ReelAbilities Houston Film & Arts Festival takes place from February 11-20. It is a free city-wide film and arts festival dedicated to presenting films, art exhibitions, performances, and speakers that celebrate the lives, stories, and talents of people with disabilities.  The overall mission of ReelAbilities is to bring systemic change to the culture of Houston’s families, institutions, places of work, and communities to be more inclusive of people with disabilities, ultimately making the subject of inclusion an identifiable and enriching element of Houston’s distinct culture.

More information about the festival can be found here.


February 9
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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