This short (16min) film is important – so much so, we use parts of it in our training courses and urge people to watch the rest.
'The FASD Project' was begun as a response to the alarming fact that the realities of COVID-19 saw a 41% rise in alcohol consumption by women during the first part of 2020. This team of filmmakers realised that awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol in pregnancy had to increase enormously. The project saw them travel from coast to coast across the USA interviewing people about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
"The FASD project is a film seeking to rapidly increase awareness of the risks of alcohol consumption in pregnancy... it aims to bring awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and provide detailed scientific information on prevention, while aiming to start discussions about solutions to current problems facing the community.
"Through the course of our film journey, we will be interviewing top scientists, clinicians, psychologists, lawyers, directors of Public Health offices and health institutes, and most importantly, parents and family members of individuals with a FASD. We will follow ‘a day in the life’ of those living with and impacted by a FASD to present to the viewers how living with an FASD shows up in day-to-day life. We will focus on impacted individuals who are doing well in addition to individuals who are not faring as well due to incarceration, homelessness or major mental health challenges exacerbated by FASD."
Watch the film here and read more about the project here.