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Film Review


Original Minds paints a poignant and thought-provoking portrait of what it’s like to learn and think in ways different from those valued and supported in typical classrooms. The film centers on the stories of five teenagers, all of whom have been classified as learning disabled, as they participate in a semester-long special class designed to teach them how the brain works and help them gain insight into their unique patterns of strengths and weaknesses. Parents, teachers, and other adults weigh in with their own perspectives, but the teens’ own first person accounts of their frustrations with learning and schooling, and their increasing awareness of their own strengths take center stage in this provocative and inspiring film.

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