DJ Savarese, (“Deej”) a 2017 graduate of Oberlin College, is a gifted, young writer and advocate for nonspeaking autistics. Once a profoundly disabled foster kid on a fast track to nowhere, DJ dreams of college and insists on standing up for his peers: people who are dismissed as incompetent because they have neurological differences. Will DJ find freedom for himself and others?
“Deej is the best film on autism I’ve ever seen. So much of DJ’s experience resonates deeply with me.”
Brent White, Transition Director, Ala Costa Centers, Berkeley, CA
“It’s hard to go first. But DEEJ makes it clear — DJ’s going to bring us all with him.”
Julia Bascomb, Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network
In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy, the director, and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism. With unflinching candor, Deej reveals what it takes to make the goals of inclusion and disability rights a reality.