Filmmaker Alexandra Shiva explores the lives of three young women on the autism spectrum in Columbus, Ohio preparing for a spring formal dance. Although, Shiva’s documentary incorporates some feel-good moments of an adolescent coming of age story, she goes much deeper to address the uncertain lives of these young women.

The film focuses on a social skills therapy program for young adults on the autism spectrum run by a clinical psychologist named Emilio Amigo. Amigo’s program eventually leads to the participation in a spring formal, and all that entails with this endeavor.

Shiva uses the spring formal as a catalyst to further examine the possible futures of these young women as they approach adulthood.

“What I wanted to do was have them speak for themselves and have them have agency in this process. And we were very conscious that we stayed within their story.” -Alexandra Shiva

Read The New York Times Review here.

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