The Parker Tribe
Forth of July, 1975, suburban Philadelphia. This semiautobiographical short film follows Mary “Jo” Parker, a thirteen-year-old tomboy, fifth of seven in a large Catholic family. Her wheelchair-bound brothers Matt and Daniel suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, while parents Dorothy and Peter hold together a dysfunctional family with a deflective balance of silence and humor. Life is both hilarious and painful for the Parkers, who refuse to be defined by disability. Jo questions her feelings for another girl, but her self-discovery is put on hold when she learns Matt and Daniel are dying.