A young man with multiple disabilities leaves his mother's home to share an apartment with his caregivers.
Innovative... an artistic close-up of how family and friends help launch a young man with complex disabilities into his adult life.
The Key of G is an award-winning documentary about disability, caregiving and interdependence. The film follows Gannet, a charismatic 22-year-old with physical and developmental disabilities, as he leaves his mother's home to share an apartment with a close-knit group of artists and musicians who support him, not only as paid caregivers, but also as friends. Together they create a uniquely successful model of supported living, and a compelling alternative to institutionalized care.
Recommended by educators as an excellent teaching tool for courses in:
• Disability Studies
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Special Education
• Medical Studies (especially Genetics & Neurology)
• Social Work
• Speech Pathology
Smart, poignant, candid... It's a really extraordinary film.
The Key of G offers families and the public a glimpse of what can be possible for a young adult with severe cognitive disability living in the community. We see Gannet interact with young roommate/caregivers who are also artists and musicians - a lovely contrast to dread images of institutions or burdened families.
A well-made documentary with lovely comic book-style intertitles between segments. Recommended."
*** (out of 4)
... a real-life look at supported living, an option for anyone with a developmental disability, regardless of their level of functioning. The film exemplifies the talents and empathy of those gifted direct care workers who become part of our extended families.
The Key of G sleeve promises a story of how "G and his friends strive to build a meaningful life together." But the reality is far more complex. G is Gannet, a young man with multiple serious disabilities. His friends are caregivers, paid through social service programs to make it possible for G to live independently. And the meaningful life is built and defined moment by moment. The film follows Gannet's transition from his mother's home to an apartment and chronicles his typical days, emphasizing the small victories rather than overall prognoses or exposition. The result is a brief but honest glimpse into the lives of G and his caregivers. Because of its neutral approach, The Key of G would likely be illuminating for families of people transitioning to independent living and for those thinking of becoming caregivers. Recommended for both social service education and public libraries.