Private Project

Expedition 21

18 adults with Down Syndrome participated in a reality show
with the goal of achieving independence and learning how to live alone. For four days in a house and away from their parents, they had to deal with tasks that required organizational skills, sense of location and decision making.

  • Alex Pires Duarte
    Chromosome 21
  • Alex Pires Duarte
  • Cromossomo 21
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    1 hour 4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 18, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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  • Festival de Cinema de Gramado
    August 19, 2019
    47- Festival de Cinema de Gramado
  • Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival
    United States
    October 17, 2019
    Special Recognition
Director Biography - Alex Pires Duarte

Alex Duarte is a writer, speaker, director and author of the project Chromosome 21. Graduated in Social Communication and post graduated in Clinical Psychopedagogy, Alex is the author of the book “From Diagnosis to Independence” and “How to Empower People with Disabilities”. He is the author of the movie Chromosome 21, honored in Gramado Film Festival 2016, and awarded at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival and FICC International Festival by popular vote. He is the creator of the web-series Generation 21 and Peregrine of Happiness. Alex represented Brazil at the UN for the International Down Syndrome Day and was awarded by the Brazilian Academy of Letters as Brazilian Citizen. Alex created the Expedition 21, " The First Immersion for People with Disabilities in America", which is a Reality Show that helped people with Down syndrome achieving more autonomy and independence. @alexduarteoficial

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Director Statement

"Living a more autonomous and independent life are perfectly achievable goals for people with disabilities.This movie offers an extraordinary insight into how interaction with the environment can improve the development, cognition and self-esteem of a person with disabilities."