Centerpiece Documentary

Dina and Scott are in love, moving in together and planning a wedding, a stressful time for most couples. But Dina and Scott are not a typical couple. Dina is a 49-year-old woman with a tragic past. Scott, who has never lived away from his parents, is a Walmart greeter. Both are adults with developmental differences, for whom love, sexuality and independence are fraught with challenges. Dina chronicles this poignant time in their lives and offers a glimpse into the world of people on the mental development spectrum. Living in suburban Philadelphia, Dina and Scott have created a community of support, which includes Scott’s loving parents and their friends from a local social club. Dina has overcome numerous obstacles to become an independent woman. Her family does not always approve of her choices. But she is a survivor who knows what she wants. From her rainbow-striped socks to her infatuation with butterflies, Dina brings a sense of wonder to her daily activities and interactions. Directors Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini paint an unflinching and unobtrusive portrait of a couple whose desires are, at their core, universal: love, acceptance, companionship and intimacy. The film unfolds with moments that are at times humorous and profoundly sad but always delightfully human.  —Stephanie Rapp

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival's U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize


Director Antonio Santini and subject Dina Buno in person in San Francisco

Sponsored by Gale Mondry and Bruce Cohen

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