Why We Chose This Film
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Guest Room is a film that follows Amber who has to tackle questions of independence, identity and motherhood after an unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend. As Amber navigates the uninvited opinions of others she finds herself feeling isolated from the very support she needs, and questioning her own capabilities.
It’s not very often you encounter a film where both leads have Down Syndrome, and this film successfully shows how both characters long to be treated like adults and not marginalized. We see Amber’s frustration and fear when others try to control what she should do or how she should feel.
Have you ever felt marginalized or disrespected when making an important decision? How do you set boundaries while also making sure you receive the support you need?
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About the Filmmaker
Josh Tate is a writer, director, and producer with a passion for disability rights. A Film Independent Fellow in Directing and Screenwriting, Josh received his MFA in production from USC, where he won a Student Emmy for his producing work. His short film, GUEST ROOM, premiered at SXSW and his feature debut, LOVE LAND, was awarded a 2013 grant from the San Francisco Film Society and won the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize at the 25th New Orleans Film Festival. Josh worked as a legal intern for Mental Health Advocacy Services while earning his JD from UCLA School of Law, where he served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review.
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Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…
- Relate to Amber’s story by writing about a time when you experienced condescension or when you were disrespected. How did you deal with it? Was there someone who supported you and affirmed your feelings? What lessons did you learn?
- Consider sharing your writing with the person who supported you.
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