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Friday, December 7 • 2:15pm - 2:55pm
On His Own Two Feet

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This documentary shares the story of Sasha Shulchev, a handsome and charismatic 19-year-old.  Born with no legs and with missing fingers, Sasha's mother abandons him. The orphanage for children with special needs in a tiny Russian town becomes his home.Sasha grows up open, sociable, inquisitive and full of love for people. He, like all children, dreams about the future - of becoming a famous writer and of having a family. In reality, he knows that there is no chance of him surviving outside the orphanage and that the outside world will never accept him. He holds on to one very special but unrealistic dream - that his legs will grow.  That is when Natasha Shaginian-Needham meets him, changing both their lives forever.  His dream becomes not only hers, but also that of others all over the world.  People in Moscow raise money for Sasha to fly to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, where he will receive surgery and prosthetics, and a family in Texas agrees to host him during the process.Sasha overcomes the amputation of his deformed legs, phantom pains, and a language barrier. But it becomes apparent that it is all worth it when Sasha begins to walk. The family that is hosting Sasha decides to become his family forever and to adopt him.  Recently, Sasha returned to Russia to see his friends in the orphanage.  Sasha endeavors to help others by sharing the stories of children who are still in the orphanages - children like him.

Friday December 7, 2012 2:15pm - 2:55pm PST
Nova Southeastern University - Auditorium 1 1750 N.E. 167th St. North Miami Beach, FL 33162