My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) Films

My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)

‘Here is the Magdalena that I know, that most of the world don’t get to see. I want people to see what it’s really like being sisters together. ‘What is it like having a sister with Down’s syndrome like?’ people ask me, I say don’t ask me ‘What is it like having a sister with Down’s syndrome?’ instead ask me ‘What is Magdalena like?’ The label ‘Down’s syndrome’ doesn’t tell you anything much, it doesn’t tell you how much fun we have together, how much we love each other, it doesn’t tell you anything about a person’s life or their interests. These films do though, they show you right inside all those little moments that make up life. Real life, not from books or from what people say. This is our life and we’re sharing it with you.

This series about me and ‘My little sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome)’ started with a 3 minute upload to youtube, which I edited from footage of us in 2010 when I was 7 & 8 years old and Magdalena was 4 years old.

People liked it. It went viral.They asked us, what happened next?

I’ve used a camera from as long as I can remember and started making films when I was 5.  So footage of us was no problem (storing it on hardrives is!) I loved looking through the footage, editing it together and narrating it. I made the next episode 15 minutes long, as that was the youtube limit at the time. People loved it and started contacting us with encouraging messages from around the world.

I decided to make this an annual project following our lives. In 2013, I had so much I wanted to put into the film that I made five episodes. That year I was awarded the ‘One to Watch’ Award from the National Youth Film Festival.

In 2014 I made Episode 8, a 44 minute film. It’s having a cinema premiere at the International Youth Arts Festival, in Kingston, London. July 2015, it will be screened four times. I will be giving Q&A too.

The films are about us being sisters and our relationship, they are also about being outside, our learning without school, about playing and working together and working things out when things go wrong.

‘ These films helped me so much in the weeks after my diagnosis, I felt optimistic about the future. ‘

‘ Funny, sensitive, gentle and kind, these films ooze with the adventure of being alive. ‘

‘ My children LOVE these films, they watch them again and again.’

‘A masterclass in love. ‘

‘ Lots of ideas for learning through nature and imaginative play ‘

‘ These films have been found to be particularly valuable and inspiring for new parents and families who may be wondering about the impact of a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome. Equally valuable for healthcare workers and educational professionals.’

Want to see the films?

Here is the 3 min. first upload on a very basic camera that kickstarted the whole series, made when I was 8 and Magdalena is 4:


Contact us here to join our mailing list for film updates or to order a DVD

My Little Sister…the first 7 films Cost £14.99 plus postage if overeseas (free in U.K.)

My Little sister…episode 8 Cost £12.99 plus postage if overseas (free in U.K.)

OR Watch Now
The first seven episodes are available in one set to rent £3.13 or buy £7.78 via link below for immediate download. Click below to watch the trailer first.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mylittlesister1to7

Episode 8 (45 minute film, released 21st October 2014) available to rent £3.13 or buy £7.78 via link below for immediate download. Click below to watch the trailer first.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mylittlesister8

I am a self-taught film maker and I am self-funded. By renting or buying these films, you are supporting me to make more films and to continue this series. Thank you. You can also obtain a non-profit public screening license by writing to us here to screen the film in a group, an educational setting, CPD trainings or any other setting. You can also book us to give a talk with Q & A session and resources to accompany the film.

13 Responses to My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) Films

  1. Rolo says:

    Heya, Agi!!
    I love your website Can you make some more great films? me and fintan loved watching ‘my little sister’ (who happens to have down syndrome) Rosie ;-D

  2. Veronica says:

    Hi Agnieszka, I really like your website and your videos.
    I love the way you play with Magdalena, the way you teach her many things.
    I have a daughter who happens to have down’s syndrome too. I wish she had a big sister like you!
    Luna is 3 and 1/2 and she has a little brother who is 2, so for the moment he can’t teach her things. But I hope that he will, when they grow up and that he will have a lot of patience with her, like you have with your sister.
    I am writing a blog for Luna. It is in italian (we’re half italian, half french), but if you want you can have a look to see some picture of us, and some videos (not as good as yours!)
    http://blogdiluna.blogspot.com/

  3. Agnieszka says:

    Hi Veronica!
    Thanks for your lovely message.
    I loved your blog, Luna is so pretty!
    I got your message about featuring my films on your blog, yes I’d love you to!
    Agnieszka :)

  4. Brilliant as ever Agi. I’m going to share with my readers too. H x

  5. Betty says:

    Hi Agnieszka I love your films and website.

  6. Shelley says:

    Simply wonderful, my daughter Hollie and my son Sam (who also happens to have Down syndrome ) loved your films xxx

  7. Jean says:

    Thank you sweetheart you and your sister are amazing way to cute

  8. Jo Dutton says:

    Loved the latest episode! Well done, your films are fab xx

  9. Hi Agnieszka,What a treat it’s been to watch your wonderful creations and what incredible sisters you are. Thank you for sharing your lives with us and I hope you’re very proud of yourself not only for the amazing documentries you’ve made, Agnieszka, but for the fantastic older sister that you are.

  10. Sally says:

    Agnieszka,

    I am a mum of 2 little boys, one called Arthur aged 4 years old, and one called Elley aged 21 months, Ellery happens to have down syndrome.

    I have found your videos beautiful to watch, and I can only hope that my two boys have such a close relationship as you and your wonderful sister.

    x

  11. Emily says:

    Hi agi,
    I have just found out that my mum is pregnant with a baby girl with Down syndrome. I have been worrying so much and terrified of what is to come but I have discovered your videos and I am so happy that I have found them. I am now excited about my new sister and I have been sharing these with the rest of my family and friends. You are so special and thank you so much for making and sharing these with us. You are an incredible big sister and magdelana is so lucky to have you as a sister.
    If you have any advice for me and my sibling to be, please share it with me!
    Thank you, Emily ❤️

  12. Catherine says:

    Hi Agnieszka, thank you for your wonderful films. When my lovely daughter Mabel came along two and half years ago I had no real knowledge of people with downs. I had wanted to home school before I knew she had downs syndrome and one day googled those words and came up with your parents site and your films. Thank you to you and your mother as it was so wonderful to see Magdalena, such a happy, lovely young girl, it gave me so much hope for my own daughter and was a real life line to me at that time. Today Mabel is so beautiful, a little blonde girl like your sister, she makes me so happy every day and is so loving, cute and funny. Please continue with your films as it is so nice to see you and Magdalena and how you are progressing in life. xx

  13. Philippa McDonald says:

    Hello Agnieszka! Here is my little review of your latest film:-

    I watched this latest film in the fabulous series with my children and my parents. Having seen the previous seven we were all very excited about it and Agnieszka did not fail to impress us once again.
    It is always a joy to watch Agnieszkas film making and the life of Magdalena develop together in this way. The first thing we all wanted to do once it had finished was watch it again!
    I have now seen it three times and my favourite bits are when the very confident Magdalena plays the guitar and sings a love song to Agnieszka, when she proudly shows us her (brilliant) painting of a bee, and her utter joy when she opens and reads a birthday card from a close friend.
    My seven year old son COULD NOT stop laughing when Agnieszka pretended to hang Magdalena on the washing line!
    Agnieszkas honest but clever film making captures her little sisters intelligence, passions and emotions in a beautiful way. I am amazed and encouraged by Magdalenas speech and language, (my mother asked at one point why there were sub titles!), not least because my own daughter, who is three, has Down’s syndrome and is still learning to talk.
    Thank you again Agnieska, for making this wonderful film, which has filled us with joy yet again. We look forward to the next one, and wish you all the luck and support you need in creating it.

    Love to you all
    Philippa x

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