Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back

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Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back
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Directed by Michele Jaquis[1]
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh (executive)
Produced by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh
Starring Ruffin
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh
Cathy Vizconde
Vince Redmond Jr.
Evelyn Kung
Release dates
  • April 25, 2008 (2008-04-25)[2]
Running time
57 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back is a 2008 documentary about four children who have completely recovered from the autism spectrum. The film is directed by Michele Jaquis and produced by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Recovered premiered on April 25, 2008 at the Pacific Design Center's SilverScreen Theater.[2]


Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back covers four children who the Autism Society says recovered from autism. Each child received services from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders Inc. (CARD), including assessments, supervision, parent/teacher training and one-on-one behavioral therapy. The film presents documentation of therapy sessions along with interviews of the children who are now teenagers, their parents, therapists and the founder/executive director of CARD.[3]


Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back began production in 1993 when Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh videotaped some of the children receiving treatment at CARD. In 2003 Dr. Granpeesheh re-established contact with the families and over the next few years Michele Jaquis conducted and recorded interviews with those willing to participate in the project. According to Dr. Granpeesheh's statement, six of the ten children that had been videotaped were located, five of them had recovered and four agreed to be in the film.[4] The final cut, sound mix and 2 disk DVD set was completed in spring 2008. Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back includes an original score by Jeremy Quinn and Michael Feldman, with songs by Nine More Lies and H. Hanson.[5]


Currently, Recovered is being self distributed through its website.[6] The 2 disk DVD set includes a resource booklet and over 60 minutes of special features.[7]


Since its premiere, Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back has continued to be screened across the United States at various autism-related events, including the 3rd and 4th Annual Back to School Autism/Asperger's Conferences in Pasadena, CA (Aug. 08 and Aug. 09); the 2008 Defeat Autism Now! conference in San Diego, CA; the 2008 National Autism Association Conference in Weston, FL; and the 3rd Annual Anaheim Autism/Asperger’s Conference in Anaheim, CA.[8] In addition Recovered won Best Documentary in the 2008 Director's Chair Film Festival in Staten Island, NY[9] and was an official selection in the 2008 Victoria Independent Film Festival in Sebastapol, Australia[10] and the 2009 ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.[11]


  1. ^ (February 13, 2008) Inside UCR: News for Faculty and Staff of the University of California, Riverside [1] Vol. 4 N. 3
  2. ^ a b Yavorcik, Carin. (April 15, 2008) Autism Society of America [2] Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ".E2.80.98Recovered.E2.80.99_Premieres_in_Los_Angeles" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ Plot Summary on IMDB
  4. ^ Official Website
  5. ^ Official Website
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ Official Website
  8. ^ Official Website
  9. ^ The Director's Chair Film Festival 2008
  10. ^ Victoria Independent Film Festival 2008
  11. ^ ReelHeART International Film Festival 2009

Further reading[edit]

  • Mikailian, Arin. (May 1–7, 2008) Los Angeles Independent, West Hollywood Edition [4]" p. 1, 4
  • Miller, Sam (September 28th, 2008) OC Register "[5]"

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