LIMITED OPTIONS. LIMITLESS LOVE.

Mimi and Dona


A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY SOPHIE SARTAIN


Heart-wrenching. As unflinching as it is beautiful.” - The New York Times


What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable—the likelihood that she will not outlive her daughter and the need to find her daughter a new home.

This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities—some 4.6 million Americans, 75% of whom live at home with family—and details the ripple effects of Dona's disability on three generations of a Texas family.


MIMI AND DONA was broadcast November 23, 2015, on PBS/Independent Lens.

MIMI AND DONA Chosen as one of the best TV shows of 2015 by the New York Times
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Mimi and Dona billing block Katahdin Productions The Fledgling Fund