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Know About It!

Hitch a ride with eleven college-age students as they take Darius Weems, 15, on a cross-country adventure of a lifetime. Darius has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the number one genetic killer of children worldwide. Before heading west, he had never seen mountains, dipped his toes into an ocean, or even left his hometown of Athens, Georgia. The primary goal of this trip was to reach Los Angeles and convince MTV’s "Pimp My Ride" to customize Darius’ wheelchair. Along the way, this colorful crew of characters finds joy, brotherhood, and the knowledge that life -- even when imperfect -- is always worth the ride.

Darius Goes West is a feature-length documentary created and directed by Logan Smalley, a special education graduate of the University of Georgia who recently received his Ed.M. at Harvard University in Technology, Innovation & Education. To date, this movie has won an unprecedented 28 film festival awards nationwide. It is best suited for ages nine and up.

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Learn About It!

The Darius Goes West "Know About It" program was developed at the demand of teachers, principals, and other educational administrators. In every Darius Goes West audience at film festivals across the country, teachers in all realms of education -- primary, secondary, collegiate, home schooling, etc. -- have approached the filmmakers to ask how their students could get involved with the Darius Goes West project, and how their curriculum could benefit form the lessons therein.

Join the Darius Goes West community by bringing this film to your school, so your students can say they Know About It!

 


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