YOUR FRIEND, MEMPHIS
Memphis is a typical 24-year-old man. He yearns to make his mark on the world, seeks companionship, and desires independence. Raised to be self-reliant and resilient, he doesn’t view his cerebral palsy diagnosis as a limitation. Yet, at the cusp of making more significant life decisions, he’s bombarded with advice from friends and family urging him to make safe choices. Memphis must navigate his family and friends’ well-meaning but unwelcome advice while charting a satisfying life path. This includes ignoring his parents’ counsel and taking risks, like doggedly pursuing an acting career and the unrequited love of a longtime friend. While his parents attempt to ground Memphis in the reality that they won’t always be there to assist him, Memphis is unwilling to let his disorder curtail his potential, even if it means possible adversity. This simple, poignant documentary profiles a differently-abled young man’s complex transition into adulthood and his parents’ struggle to affirm his self-autonomy. Like any adult, Memphis wants to live the life he chooses with all the ups and downs that may come.
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