“My little sister…” Films

The ‘My Little Sister…’ Films

My little sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) and I are very close and I started documenting our lives together when I was 8, and she was 4. Every year I edit together footage from the last year into episodes. I will do this every year throughout our lives. Hopefully they will improve in quality as I get better at making films and get better equipment.
“I want to show the world the magic moments we share together. I love to teach her things, and share the joy of her achievements and successes. She is the best little sister I could ever have and we have the greatest fun together.”
I have been shocked to hear that anyone could have a negative view of people who have this condition, and shocked that some people could imagine that someone’s life is worth less than anyone else’s .Take it from me. This is not true. Not in the slightest. Please watch and share my films and share them. I hope that I can do my bit through my film making to change any negative attitudes about D.S. that might still be lurking out there.
I love making films, I spend hours and hours making films and I want to be a professional filmmaker. My mum and Dad say: “Find out what you love to do and get on and do it!” So that’s what I do, and the more I do it, the more I learn and the better I get at it. So for me making films is the best way to show what I want to say about the great life I have living and learning with my little sister (who happen’s to have Down’s syndrome) I really appreciate and love to receive your comments & feedback on my films and hear about anything to do with film that may be useful, supportive and inspiring to me.
You can watch the first seven episodes in the series by clicking here

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mylittlesister1to7

And here is the link to watch Episode 8 which is a full length 45 minute film (released 21st October 2014)

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mylittlesister8

18 Responses to “My little sister…” Films

  1. Rolo says:

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

  2. David Salter says:

    Do you still need an external hard drive? I have a spare 1TB USB hard drive (WD MyBook) you can have for free if it useful. The USB interface means it may not be fast enough for video editing directly, but might be useful for archiving.

  3. Agnieszka says:

    Any external memory would be really very appreciated, like you say even for archiving or organising. It’s how much amazing footage a 10 year old can capture, too soon to delete much of it at this stage. Do you know anything about video editing? As we are heading towards something capable of rendering video faster, the iMac we have is beginning to smoulder! If anyone has experience of processing large amounts of footage, we are looking for guidance as to how to proceed before we make any kind of investment. We can be contacted through the contact page for privacy. Thanks again for your generosity. /Alex (Dad)

  4. Agnieszka says:

    A BIG (((THANK YOU))) to David Salter, your hardrive has saved the day and mum is currently moving my footage around so I can have it all in one place ready to edit. It was so thoughtful and generous of you. I hope you enjoy my third “Little sister” film when it’s completed!

  5. 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/

  6. 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 :)

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

  8. Agnieszka says:

    Thanks Hayley!

  9. Betty says:

    Hi Agnieszka I love your films and website.

  10. Shelley says:

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

  11. Jean says:

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

  12. Jo Dutton says:

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

  13. Hi Agnieszka, I just came across your films through the wonderful Hayley’s blog hop.
    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.

  14. Agnieszka says:

    Hi Michelle! Awww thank you, me and mum read your blog too and really enjoyed it (:

  15. 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

  16. 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 ❤️

  17. 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

  18. 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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