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Medical Student Neurology Group Hosts “When I Walk” Documentary and M.S. Q&A with Applebee

The University of Vermont College of Medicine Student Interest Group in Neurology presented a screening of the documentary film “When I Walk” on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Stafford Auditorium on the UVM campus.

The film provides a glimpse into the mind of multiple sclerosis (M.S.) patient Jason DaSilva as he navigates through the onset and progression of his disease, and seeks to maintain a sense of happiness and fulfillment in his life. DaSilva is also the film’s director. In addition to “When I Walk,” DaSilva has directed one other feature-length documentary film called “Lest We Forget,” and four short films, including “Olivia’s Puzzle,” “A Song for Daniel,” “Twins of Mankala,” and “First Steps.” Three of his films have been broadcast nationally on PBS, HBO, and CBC. He also produced “Shocking and Awful,” a film installation on the anti-Iraq war movement, exhibited at the 2006 Whitney Biennial. In 2006, DaSilva took a short break from filmmaking to earn his MFA in Applied Media Arts from Emily Carr University.

Following the screening, Angie Applebee, M.D., associate professor of neurology and director of the M.S. Center of Northern New England, held a question-and-answer session featuring a panel of M.S. patients.

View the “When I Walk” trailer.