Dina Bruno, a woman in her late forties with autism, uses her inner strength to overcome adversity. She outlived her first husband, who died from cancer, and she pulled through some troubled relationships after that. Emotionally scarred, Dina is eager to live her life and move on. She meets Scott, a kind man who has autism like her. Scott also has Asperger’s and a massive lack of self-confidence that makes him avoid physical contact at all cost. To overcome their loneliness, they decide to get married. With a lot of tenderness and humour, this documentary shows us their daily life which is full of obstacles and challenges, yet filled with moments of joy. It’s a different love story, as all love stories are.
Director duo and close friends of Dina Bruno, Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles, present their second feature-length documentary after addressing transsexuality in Puerto Rico in their previous effort Mala, Mala (2014). In a world—fortunately—more and more open to differences in sexuality, perhaps the last taboo regards relationships between people with physical—and especially mental—disabilities. Dina shares an upfront and authentic story about the ups and downs of companionship that is miles away from what Hollywood has used its audience to, told from the empathetic point of view of its directors. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance, Dina also received several awards at festivals such as Sarasota and Boston, among others. Are you ready to meet Dina and Scott?
2017: Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival
2017: Special Jury Prize – Sarasota Film Festival
2017: Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing – Independent Film Festival of Boston
2017: Vision Award – Sun Valley Film Festival