Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident.
An amazing film that poetically captures the many layers of triumph and struggle experienced by both patients and caregivers. Remarkable in its honesty, surprising in its humor, and gripping in its ability to take viewers to unexpected places
Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist who was honored by the Dalai Lama, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina, who was born with cerebral palsy.
Family dynamics are turned upside down as each of them must negotiate new roles and responsibilities. As the only able-bodied person in their household, Fu becomes the primary caregiver to Grace while also taking on a more active role as parent. Grace, meanwhile, must reconcile her joy at still being alive with the frustration of being so dependent on others. With dry humor and brave candor, the three of them slowly recalibrate their lives together and apart.
Through verité footage and interviews with doctors, family, and friends, the film paints an inspiring portrait of devotion and trust as it delicately documents one woman’s fight to reinvent herself.
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Brave, refreshingly unsentimental. . . . A journey that directors Helen Cohen and Mark Lipman chart in an unflinching yet sensitive way
A precious gift to the disability community, which has been hurt by many heroic expectations and misguided spiritual teachings. I think about disability rights as the hard-won right to be ordinary; ‘States of Grace’ reinforces that right with great compassion.
Not a perfect family, and certainly not your typical one, but somehow they make sense together. I feel privileged to have watched their journey. I recommend you do the same.
The generosity of spirit captured by the filmmakers is stunning. A humbling and profound film with meaning and lessons for all viewers.
A remarkable example of the complexity of the healing experience. ‘States of Grace’ deftly demonstrates that healing can — and must — go far beyond the physical.
A riveting documentary, ‘States of Grace’ tackles complex and difficult caregiving issues with frankness, poignancy, and empathy for all involved. Heartfelt and inspiring.
A poignant, universal saga. . . . Achieves a relevance and a power that reaches well beyond its subjects.
Powerful. . . .‘States of Grace’ will have a remarkable effect on the nursing profession.
A loving portrait of caregiving and families of choice. Everyone should watch ‘States of Grace’ with their loved ones to generate important conversation about health and quality-of-life decisions. Wonderfully life-affirming.
Incredibly moving and inspiring. ‘States of Grace’ expresses the rehabilitation and healing process with insight, integrity, and compassion. As a professional, I feel my ability to assist clients is enhanced by what I learned from watching Grace and Fu’s story.