New York, NY, February 07, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community) announced today the special presentation of “Her Name Is Sabine” in New York on March 3, 2008 at 7 pm. The movie, handled in the U.S. by boutique distributor Film Movement, will be introduced by its director, famed French actress Sandrine Bonnaire, and followed by a Q&A session and VIP cocktail. Mr. François Delattre, Consul General of France in New York, will attend the event at the French Institute. The evening will benefit QSAC.
The movie is a beautiful and moving portrait of Ms. Bonnaire’s sister, Sabine, a 38-year old woman with autism spectrum disorder. The sensitive documentary, filmed by Ms. Bonnaire, shows the dramatic consequences, not only of improper diagnosis and inadequate care structure, but of the penury of specialized alternatives to institutionalization.
“We, as a society, are only now beginning to address the needs of our adult autistic population,’ said Gary Maffei, Executive Director of QSAC. “Of the 800 people who receive QSAC services, about 38% are older than 20. We currently operate ten group homes and have two planned to open next year. It is crucial for us and similar organizations to continue to develop group homes and this presentation is a tremendous opportunity for us to educate the public about these needs. We are extremely grateful to Ms. Bonnaire, and to Film Movement and Unifrance, for making all this possible.”
Sandrine Bonnaire is an internationally famous French actress, winner of two César awards (the French equivalent to the Oscars.) Her acting career began at the age of 16 when she starred in the Maurice Pialat film À Nos Amours. In 1984 she was awarded the César Award for Most Promising Actress. Her international breakthrough came in 1986 when she played the title role in Sans Toit Ni Loi (Vagabond), directed by Agnès Varda, for which part she won her second César Award. She is best known in this country for her great roles in Claude Chabrol’s La Cérémonie and in the Oscar nominated East/West, with Catherine Deneuve.
QSAC was founded 30 years ago by a group of parents who strongly believed that people with autism were capable of living at home and participating in normal social activities, forming relationships, maintaining employment and becoming productive members of the community. Today, QSAC is an award-winning organization and a leader in the provision of services to persons with autism and their families in New York City and Long Island. Its services range from Early Intervention and Preschool Programs for young children to Day Programs and Residential Services for adults.
Tickets are $25 for students; $50 for the public; VIP tickets with cocktail reception are $100.
Call 212-244-5560 ext. 2016 or visit qsac.com to order.