NTH@C Learners Experience “Darius Goes West”
Film's Star Participates in Live Web Chat
New Tech High @ Coppell learners recently had an opportunity to view the documentary film “Darius Goes West” as part of their ongoing focus on community service. The highlight of the day was a live web chat with the star of the film - Darius Weems. Learners were able to ask Weems questions after viewing the film and discovered that he has yet to meet Jerry Lewis, still enjoys his East Coast wheelchair, that he calls his ‘weekend ride' and continues to fight for research and a cure for this fatal disease.
In this multi-award winning documentary, 15 year old Darius Weems and eleven of his best friends set out across America with the ultimate goal of getting his wheelchair customized on MTV's “Pimp My Ride.” The result is a rarely seen testament to the explosive idealism of today's youth. Not only does Weems face his own inevitable fate with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), but through his unflinching humor and his extraordinary laugh, he sparks a revolution in the lives of everyone who crosses his courageous path.
"Darius Goes West” really opened my eyes to all the little things I am blessed with and capable to do,” said Chioma Ubogagu. “Darius has just as much right to go to the movies or visit a museum with his friends as I do. But without wheelchair accessibility in public places he can't have the chance to do all those things. As a nation, we need to do a better job making public establishments have wheelchair accessibility, so all people with disabilities can have the chance to "Go West" as Darius did."
“We occasionally see news stories about these people that are doing so much through all of their hardships. I think that this story is one of the most amazing and inspirational that I have ever heard,” said Shehryar Siddiqui.
Weems has set a goal to sell 1 million copies of this award winning film by September 27, 2009 - he will be 19 on that date, the same age that his brother lost his battle with DMD. Weems has appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show, traveled to schools and college campuses across the country and wants to share this movie so that the message of this disease will be shared with the country's youth.
For more information, or to order a DVD of “Darius Goes West,” visit www.dariusgoeswest.org or look on YouTube for Darius rapping, graduating, laughing and living. It's an inspirational grass roots story that touches the heart and may change the way you look at the world.