Where Can I Watch “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism?”

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson’s 2009 documentary, “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism” (originally Sólskinsdrengurinn, or “The Sunshine Boy”) was a critically well-received film about autism.

The narrative of the film centers around the mother Margret Dagmar Ericsdóttir and her search for help to understand her son, Keli’s, condition.

Many of Friðrik Þór Friðriksson’s films explore the lives of people who are socially marginalized in some way, such as in “Angels of the Universe,” which features a mentally ill artist.

The documentary was also narrated by Kate Winslet and scored by Sigur Rós and Björk.

During the filming of the documentary, actress Kate Winslet and mother Margret Dagmar Ericsdóttir met and together founded the Golden Hat Foundation, a nonprofit organization for raising autism awareness. The organization aims to “change the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived, by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their great potential.”

Additionally, a book arose from the nonprofit and film, called “The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism.” It compiled correspondence between Kate Winslet and Margret Dagmar Ericsdóttir, in addition to statements from various celebrities and Margret’s son, Keli.

It may be difficult to find on a major streaming service, so if you want to watch it, then your best bet is likely acquiring it on DVD.

Titanic LEGO Master Builds Icelandair Replica, His ‘Coolest Model Yet’

Friends Brynjar Karl Birgisson and Mikael Þór Arnarsson are building a 2m [6 ft] LEGO replica of an Icelandair Boeing MAX 9, a project that they’ve been working on since summer 2021. RÚV reports that the pair is completing the model over the weekend at the Smáralind shopping mall and will place the final brick on Sunday.

This is not the first time Brynjar Karl, who has autism, has made headlines for a monumental LEGO project. In 2018, he completed an 8 m [26 ft] LEGO replica of the Titanic, using actual blueprints of the ill-fated ocean liner. It took Brynjar Karl, then 15, over 700 hours and 65,000 LEGOs to build. The replica is the largest LEGO model of the Titanic in the world and currently on display in the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. At the time Brynjar Karl credited the project with helping him “out of my autistic fog,” saying, “I was totally unable to communicate when I started the project. Now I’m standing on stage and giving interviews.” Ever since, he’s used his Titanic-building experience and LEGO construction endeavors as a means of building awareness around autism; he gave a TED Talk in 2016 called “My Autistic X Factor,” and a documentary, “How the Titanic Became My Lifeboat,” was made about his experience.

See Also: Icelandic Teen’s Giant Lego Titanic On Display in US

While still very proud of his Titanic project, Brynjar Karl is even more excited about the Icelandair model. The pair have put a great deal of effort into making the model as precise and accurate as possible.

The cross-section of the Icelandair replica, via Brynjar Karl, Facebook

 

“From my perspective, even though I made the Titanic, this here is the coolest [model] I’ve made because of how it looks and also because I’m working with as brilliant a builder as my friend Mikael,” he said.

A side view of the Icelandair model in progress, via Brynjar Karl, Facebook

Brynjar Karl and Mikael will complete the model at Smáralind mall on Sunday. Check Brynjar Karl’s Facebook page for livestream videos and updates; or his website (in English) for more information about his autism advocacy work.