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Columbia College Chicago to Screen Documnetary about Autistic Children in Morocco

March 06, 2019

Don’t Forget Me will premiere Saturday, March 9 from 4-6 p.m., in Film Row Cinema on the 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash Ave. There is a $5 entry fee for the public.  The film will be presented in a lower audio-decibel, and a sensory break-room will be available to accommodate autistic individuals.


Communication Associate Professor Curtis Lawrence will moderate a discussion following the film with Spinner; Zoubida Pasha, a Chicago disability advocate from Morocco whose daughter is autistic; and Camille Proctor, the executive director of The Color of Autism Foundation.

Don't Forget Me wins Mike Covell Award at Big Muddy

February 19, 2019

Jackie Spinner, award-winning journalist and SIU alumna is the winner of the 2019 Mike Covell Award for her film “Don’t Forget Me." The Covell Award honors an SIU Carbondale alumnus whose film shows passion, engagement and original perspective. Covell, who retired in 2007, began the film festival in 1979 after his arrival on campus in 1975 after finishing graduate school at Ohio University.

‘Don’t Forget Me’ Film Reminds Morocco of its Children with Autism

November 03, 2019

“Don’t Forget Me” depicts the challenges that Moroccan parents and their children with autism have to deal with in a society that is not yet equipped to handle autism. In 28 minutes, the documentary will showcase the different facets of autism and the discrimination children experience, denying them the right to receive education at school like their peers without disabilities.

Don't Forget Me to Premiere in Morocco on Nov. 17

October 26, 2018

Don’t Forget Me will have its world premiere on Nov. 17 at the Rabat International Film Festival, which is being held at Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.  Executive Producer Jackie Spinner and Director Rajae Bouardi will attend.

What My Sons and I Gained From Returning to Morocco

May 23, 2018

We had come to Morocco so that I could report from the county and produce a documentary on autism during my first sabbatical as a newly tenured professor. Both of my sons are autistic, and as they’ve grown in America, with access to government-funded therapy and intervention, I have been acutely and painfully aware of how different their lives would have been if they had stayed in Morocco. 

How Jackie Spinner's Sons Inspired Her Documentary About Autism in Morocco

May 25, 2018

Film isn’t foreign to her—the former Post Baghdad bureau chief has some video journalism experience and runs the photo journalism program at Columbia College—but she’s put together a team of young filmmakers, made up almost exclusively of young Moroccans. The executive producer, producer and associate producer are all women.

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