#AsIAm Project

Imagine the world differently

12 countries. 12 people. 12 films. 2 team members. 1 year. 1000’s of Internet hits.

For 2016, L'Arche has prioritised an internet video project to create space for disabled members of L'Arche to reach out and be heard beyond their own culture.

Learning disability touches every society, culture, faith and class. It knows no boundaries. L'Arche too is global. This reach creates an exceptional opportunity to bring together the many voices of men and women with a learning disability across the world.

People with intellectual disabilities live in the shadows of a persistent view–present in all cultures–that they are the undesirables. This is one of our world’s significant injustices. It is one we can change. L’Arche International’s web series, “As I Am”, is an invitation to imagine the world differently and to rejoice in who you are as you are.

Film-maker Michael MacDonald has a passion for filming, and has worked as an assistant in L'Arche in North America. Logistical and technical support is supplied by Canadian Amber Herkey.

So far four films have been published, with eight more to follow, each under the heading the World off-script.

See them all here:

December 2015

There is a gift in brokenness... if you can find it. In this episode, Mateusz Jaworski from L'Arche Poland shares an inventive way of giving. Why this web series? People with intellectual disabilities live in the shadows of a persistent view–present in all cultures–that they are the undesirables. This is one of our world's significant injustices. It is one we can change. L'Arche International's web series, As I Am, is an invitation.

January 2016

For centuries, travel writing has shaped the way we view the world. But when’s the last time you heard from a travel writer with cerebral palsy? Meet Musa from L’Arche Kenya. In this episode, Musa Kirokote takes us where dogs dress like humans and humans eat like goats. Imagine the world differently.

February 2016

Bogdan Senyk, from L’Arche Ukraine, grew up under a government that denied his existence. In this episode, he explains his method of civil resistance: joy.

March 2016

For Raffaella Monterosso, from L’Arche Italy, it means when your father grows old and there’s nothing you can do but love him. As L’Arche celebrates World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st, we honour all those with Down Syndrome who, like Raffaella, are taking care of their aging parents.

June 2016

In the 1990s, autistic persons began using the internet to build online communities, breaking the myth that autism imprisons people in a solitary existence. In this episode, however, Larry Gourley finds a limit to the gift and reaches the edge of the internet. Imagine the world differently.

September 2016

People with disabilities are often more disabled by the societies they live in than by their bodies or diagnosis. In this episode, Nagat from L’Arche Egypt explains how she and her brother faced societies’ attempt to disable their humanity.

December 2016

When wars break out, many heroes go unnoticed. On International Day of People with Disability, L’Arche celebrates these unnoticed heroes everywhere, of every ability. In this episode, we share the story of Colonel N'Da from L’Arche Côte d’Ivoire and his decision to break down the walls that divide us.

March 2017

When a life is over, we grieve. But there are certain lives, even certain populations, which society would have us forget. On World Down Syndrome Day, we remember Bapi from L’Arche India. Imagine the world differently.

July 2017

Your country wakes to the news that you are disposable. Tell them the truth... no words, just actions, no ink, just paper. In this episode, we see L’Arche Japan's response to the largest mass murder in their country since World War II. Imagine the world differently.

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