I have known Eva Sweeney since she was born, I have read some of her writing, including her published book, "Queers on Wheels", which I consider a brave and important work, I have been with her often enough to know how bright she is and what a delightful sense of humor she has. Nevertheless, her documentary, "Respect: The Joy of Aides" was an amazing surprise for me. It is so intelligent, so interesting, so important, and so professional that it added another, very serious dimension to my understanding and appreciation of Eva and her talent. I believe it belongs in every public library, every school library, and every hospital library. I myself am a writer of prose, stage plays and screenplays, and I know something good when I see it. In the case of Eva's documentary, I can't offer enough praise. By all means, see it.
This documentary is smart, insightful, enlightening, beautifully made and moving in Eva's signature unsentimental and spirited way. I learned so much from it. It should be required watching for all members of the human race.
"Respect: The Joy of Aides" should be required viewing for anyone with a disability and anyone hoping to work for a disabled person. Eva brings us inside her world and with objectivity and humor let's us see how she negotiates this difficult and all-important aspect of her life.
I am a family physcian with the Cleveland Clinic and also help to teach a course of medical humanities to our first and second year medical students. We have a section on care of persons with disability. This documentary not only presents Eva's experience with the relationship with her aides, but also an intimate portrait of her as a strong, intelligent and complete human being. Not just a person with disability. I am recommending that this be included in our curriculum at the medical school next year. (Full disclosure - I am also Eva's uncle.)
This documentary is so sensitive and intelligent; I was very impressed.