Unformatted text preview: Unfamiliar with the movie “I Am Sam,” I recently thought I would see it. “I Am Sam” tells the story of the financial struggle of a father who is determined to raise his daughter by himself. The hardest part in this situation is that the father is mentally handicapped and lives with just his daughter. However, he still manages to raise her. Directed by Jessie Nelson, this film encourages society to think differently when choosing who deserves to possess and care for a child, but this movie, “I Am Sam,” disproves that. At his daughter’s seventh birthday party, Sam loses ownership over his daughter because of an incident that happened just as a social worker happened to arrive. A sympathizing lawyer finds Sam and fights to help Sam keep his daughter. There’s a chance that his daughter could be lost to him for the rest of his life. Friends of Sam, who knew him before the birth of his daughter, testify on his behalf. While doing so, they have to prevail over their own handicap issues. Because this trial is long and tedious, Sam’s so, they have to prevail over their own handicap issues....
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- Spring '11
- Down syndrome, Developmental disability, Mental retardation