Parents of children with Down Syndrome who were all profiled in the film. (Photo courtesy of Lebanese Down Syndrome Association)
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When Hanna Salem gave birth to her daughter, she was told that she would grow up "different" from other children. At first, Salem didn't understand what that meant. She couldn't predict the type of person her daughter would become or the impact she would have on her life. Twenty-four years later, Salam's daughter Zeina has reciprocated the unconditional love she's received.Produced by the Lebanese Down Syndrome Association and Forward Film Production, the movie was screened Wednesday evening at Masrah al-Madina in Hamra. Crowds of people attended the showing, which preceded a discussion between the audience, LDSA and the families in the film.Still, the realities of Down syndrome can't be ignored despite the progress she's made in her life. Zeina requires extra care and attention from her family. The LDSA is doing the best it can by raising awareness and lobbying for more accessible and institutional support. After all, not everyone born with Down syndrome have a loving and strong support network behind them.
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