Olivia Wilde has once again teamed up with her ‘Meadowland’ director Reed Morano to star in PSA raising awareness for World Down Syndrome Day. The 32-year-old Hollywood star has appeared on a touching short film to mark World Down Syndrome Day.
In the short film “How Do You See Me?” Olivia Wilde takes on the role of AnnaRose Rubright, a 19-year-old college student from Medford, New Jersey. Rubright is also a Special Olympics athlete and works part time at a physical therapy and fitness center. Together, the two raise questions about how people with Down syndrome perceive themselves and are perceived by others.
According to reports, AnnaRose Rubright is the eldest of six girls and she is no stranger to championing the cause of inclusion. She and her local community have started an organization called The Anna Foundation for Inclusive Education (AFFIE), whose mission is to meet the typical needs of the Down syndrome community and highlight the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome.
One of AFFIE’s first efforts was “The Maul Haul,” a back-to-back shopping experience where 40 mainstream teenagers are paired together with individuals who have disabilities. In addition to “The Maul Haul,” AFFIE also offers programs for literacy, Health, Hygiene, Safety, and and assistance to teachers with programs like Professional Development.
In the short film, Olivia is seen eating pizza with her boyfriend and hanging out with friends at a bar, “I see myself meeting someone I can share my life with. I see myself singing, dancing and laughing until I cannot breathe,” AnnaRose said, via the Entertainment Weekly.
In one emotional scene, the 32 year-old actress runs towards her father, while AnnaRose says, via the Entertainment Weekly, “I see myself following my dreams, even if they are impossible – especially because they’re impossible. “I see myself as an ordinary person, with an important, meaningful, beautiful life.”
The short film was produced by Italian Down Syndrome Organization CoorDown and was directed by Reed Morano.
Coordown, the Italian organization that produced the short film, has teamed up with a New York-based advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, to address discrimination. This is the fifth year that the two companies have worked together. Luca Lorenzini, the Global Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi New York, said that working with the Italian organization is always exciting.
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