A 92-year-old mother has cared 64 years for a daughter who has an intellectual disability. But now she must find her daughter a home in this powerful film that is “as unflinching as it is beautiful” (The New York Times).
"Heart-wrenching. The film is as unflinching as it is beautiful, chronicling difficult decision-making that comes to involve the whole extended family."
What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable—the likelihood that she will not outlive her daughter and the need to find her daughter a new home.
This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities—some 4.6 million Americans, 75% of whom live at home with family—and details the ripple effects of Dona's disability on three generations of a Texas family.
“A powerful and important film for students, practitioners, educators, and policymakers who are interested in older adults with IDD. Illustrates the lifelong implications of IDD on the entire family system."
“Far more powerful than any textbook or lecture, this film provides an innovative and effective tool for educating professionals and students with interests in health, education and social services. I cannot recommend it enough.”
"Beautiful and sad, joyous and painful. Above all, it represents an ever-present reality in the work that we do each and every day. In the autism and disabilities community it is a really hot issue. Due to advances in medical care, folks with disability are living longer and longer. The implications of this, emotionally, socially, clinically, financially for the families (parents, siblings, cousins, friends) are powerful in so many ways."
"Beautiful, heartfelt, and poignant. It shows the long-term impact of disability on families—and how disabilities touch so many families. I hope this film will inspire funding for additional housing alternatives and a decrease in the waiting lists."
"Important. It had me in every emotion from tears to anger to frustration."
"Incredibly powerful, touching, educational and thought-provoking. I know there are thousands of families just like this family. EVERYONE should see this film."
"Poignant, heartfelt and thought-provoking. A call to action! Take the journey with Mimi and Dona. This film is not to be missed!"
"Film on Dallas woman getting too old to care for disabled daughter reverberates."
"At once hopeful and harrowing, MIMI AND DONA looks at situations common in many families."