Royston on the World Map
World Down Syndrome Awareness Day is on 21st March
Mirka Anderson from Bassingbourn has decided to influence change, social awareness and attitude towards Down’s Syndrome by directing a documentary, The Sky is the Limit, which focuses on the life of her daughter Emma who was born in Cambridge and has lived locally all her life.
Emma attended a local nursery, primary school and then went on to Bassingbourn Village College, where, with the help of her teaching assistant, she left with a GCSE in Art. Now in her thirties, Emma continues to pursue her art, with her current studio at Rowan in Cambridge where she has been working on various projects; some of her work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern after she won a competition.
Mirka is passionate about raising the perception of these positive individuals with Down’s Syndrome, and having made the documentary, Mirka submitted it to over 200 international festivals, where to date it has received 25 international awards. Not only that, but Mirka is ensuring it is not just Down’s Syndrome she’s raising the profile of – Royston too is always mentioned as Emma’s base! The documentary has had exposure in most of the world from Hawaii to Bhutan via many countries in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, with the key message that the only way in life is up, not down – whoever you are!
You can find the trailer for The Sky’s the Limit on Google under EmmaAndersonskyisthelimit