When I Walk
Jason DaSilva’s world changed in December of 2006. While vacationing with his family on the beach, he suddenly fell down and couldn’t get back up. In a matter of months, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Doctors told him it could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, and the slow deterioration of his ability to walk.
A well-versed traveler and documentary filmmaker, DaSilva felt it was only natural to turn the camera on himself and film his battle with MS. Through his cinematic talents and magnetic personality, DaSilva attempts to shed light not only on his struggles with the disease, but its impact—and even its influence—on his creative process. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, When I Walk is an intimate depiction of a disorder that is rarely portrayed on film, and a rousing example of storytelling at its most direct, personal and effective.
Executive Producer: Yael Melamede, Stanley Nelson
Producer: Alice Cook, Jason DaSilva
Cinematographer: Alice Cook, Leigh DaSilva, Karin Hayes
Writer: Alice Cook, Jason DaSilva
Editor: Alice Cook, Jason DaSilva, Keiko Deguchi
Music: Jeff Beal