September 27th, 2017


The Queen Theater

“Inclusion shouldn’t be a lottery.”

Film Synopsis:
DJ Savarese, or “Deej”, is a gifted young writer and an advocate for nonspeaking autistics. As a child left without his birth parents, he was written off as “retarded”. Now, as a high school student surrounded by a loving family, Deej is an advocate for others like him and embraces filmmaking and poetry to discover what having a voice can truly mean.

For DJ, he felt he’d won the lottery when he was adopted, and felt he’d won it again when he entered the regular school system. This story, told from the inside by Deej (and not by his parents or autism experts) is a deep exploration of what it really takes to make the goals of “inclusion” and “disability rights” a reality.

Doors open 30 min before the film starts. Reservations not required; pay what you can at the door. This film screening features a Meet & Greet with the filmmaker. An open discussion on the film’s core topics will be held after the screening.

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Deej Film Website

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The Light Up The Queen Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, is dedicated to the preservation of the Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE. Donations from Community Partners ensure that the Light Up The Queen Foundation can continue providing quality Music & Arts Education programming in the historic Queen Theater.