When We Walk
True North | True North
Six years after When I Walk, which chronicled director Jason DaSilva’s experiences with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, the filmmaker/activist documents a new challenge. After his marriage ends and his wife and child relocate 2,000 miles away to Texas, he struggles to remain involved in his young son’s life. DaSilva is then forced to make the heartbreaking choice between staying in New York, where he has around-the-clock home support that allows him to maintain a sense of independence, or moving to Texas, where the state-run Medicaid would force him to live in a nursing home.
DaSilva focuses the camera on himself, providing a raw and honest look at his advancing illness while reflecting on fatherhood, his own upbringing with separated parents, and his experience navigating harsh inequities in Medicaid care for people with disabilities. Through this introspective style, the unflinching When We Walk acts as a love letter from father to son and shows DaSilva’s unwavering determination as he balances parenting with retaining access to the medical care he needs.