INDEPENDENT LENS: For Once In My Life
Airs Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, January 31, 2011
Meet the Spirit of Goodwill band — a unique assembly of singers and musicians who live with varying degrees of physical and mental disability. They bond over their mutual love of music, and their fierce drive to improve and play to ever-larger audiences.
The 29 members of the band live with everything from autism and Down syndrome, to blindness and other physical, mental, and developmental challenges. By day they work and socialize with one another at the Goodwill Industries of South Florida. That's also where they rehearse their music with an eye toward playing sophisticated venues and garnering mainstream respect and accomplishment.
As their music becomes tighter and more harmonious, so too do their lives — a testament to the healing and empowering power of music, participation, cooperation, and friendship.
“For Once In My Life” challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be disabled. By Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann.
"For Once In My Life" is on Facebook.