More than a movie. Part of a movement.
Love Land is a narrative dramatic feature film that follows Ivy, a young woman with a severe traumatic brain injury that affects her motor and cognitive skills, as she faces her refusal to be identified as a person with an intellectual disability. When she is placed in an institution for being a danger to herself and others, Ivy will stop at nothing to prove to the world, and to herself, that she is “normal” enough to transcend the label of “Special.”
The film is a tragedy, documenting one community’s failure to transcend an age-old system of “segregating the Special.” Despite its ambivalent outcome, the tragedy of Love Land is offset by the hope of a better future marked by independence and self-determination for all.
Love Land is about the importance of diverse (and often risky) experiences to the fulfillment of the human condition. It's about refusing to accept the segregation of the world's largest minority, and about jump-starting a cultural discourse in America to help change perceptions of “pity and fear” to those of “equal citizenship”.