Filmmaker Kavery Kaul’s documentary, Back Walking Forward, presents the story of Eric, who survived a paralyzing brain injury at age 19 and, now, at age 33 is, with the full support of his loving parents and brother, still struggling to learn independent functions that we all take for granted. Eric is a charming, funny and charismatic central character. His family’s love and loyalty are inspiring, as is his doctor’s wisdom.
Filmmaker Kaul’s cinema verite coverage is exemplary. She takes us into Eric’s bedroom, doctor’s office and physical therapy sessions in a swimming pool. Thoroughly respectful in her intimate approach, she captures and reveals Eric’s wisdom, longings and, most surprising, keen sense of humor.
Back Walking Forward investigates the nature of brain injury and how it causes alternative perceptions and behaviors. It teaches all of us that recovery from brain injury is possible and that, if we approach them without social prejudices, we can learn a great deal about the human spirit and mental capacity from people whose physical injuries and traumas have caused their brains to function differently. Watching Eric re-learn how to walk and see how he puts thoughts together is fascinating and inspiring
It is important that Back Walking Forward be seen by medical personnel, insurance company policy-makers and personnel, relatives of brain injured people and anyone who is even remotely connected to a person who has sustained a brain injury, no matter how severe. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN.