They continue DETERMINED! An American Film Showcase Program of Cinema Akil, with the documentary ‘I'LL PUSH YOU’ will be screened at A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue on 8th January
A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue , Dubai
08 January 2019, 07:30 PM
08 January 2019, 12:00 AM
Both an intimate portrait and an epic journey, ‘I’ll Push You” chronicles the life-long friendship of Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, as Patrick pushes Justin–who uses a wheelchair–across El Camino de Santiago. The documentary is a pilgrimage of friendship, faith and community, as the two take on a 34 day, 500 mile journey through mountains, valleys, hills and deserts.
DETERMINED! is part of the activations leading up to the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world next year, welcoming 7,000 athletes from more than 170 nations to participate in 24 officially-sanctioned Olympic-style sports from 14-21 March 2019. The program is in collaboration with the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the US Consulate in Dubai.
Directed by Terry Parish and Chris Karcher, I’ll Push You traces the remarkable journey of best friends Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck across the 500 mile Camino de Santiago. Walking the entirety of this journey is a noteworthy feat in itself, pushing a friend in a wheelchair, who has no use of his arms and legs, borders on the miraculous. The film chronicles their journey, but places it in the larger context of their lifelong friendship and, more specifically, Patrick’s desire to be with and care for Justin (alongside his family) for the rest of their lives. As such, the film is more spiritual experience than travelogue, which is also a fitting tribute to the Camino itself.
Beyond the logistical challenges and physical demands of pushing a friend in a wheelchair over 500 miles of hilly, rocky, muddy terrain, Patrick must face up to his own emotional and spiritual limitations and need for support and transformation. As Justin is pushed across the Camino, he too wrestles with spiritual conflicts that will resonate with many viewers, whether or not they live much of their lives in a wheelchair. The story is told so effectively that you can’t help but locate yourself in both pilgrims, one in need of a push and the other that never wants to stop pushing.
Don't miss it on January 8 at A4 Space, inside the cinema room, at 7:30 PM.
Also,you can check the dates and timings of other screenings on www.cinemaakil.com/calendar.