Independent Film Maker Jason DaSilva in Istanbul

Jason DaSilva was interviewed by ShiftDelete.Net's Hakkı Alkan
Jason DaSilva was interviewed by ShiftDelete.Net’s Hakkı Alkan

During his time in Istanbul, DaSilva participated in film screenings and discussions at Istanbul Commerce University, SALT Beyoğlu and at StudioX on the AXS Map he developed (a Google based mobile app to “map” locations based on their accessibility to people in wheelchairs) and the first “Mapathon” for people with disabilities in Istanbul. DaSilva also toured Istiklal Street in Beyoğlu to asses the accessibility for the disabled of some of the stores, cafes and shops. Jason DaSilva was interviewed by ShiftDelete.Net’s Hakkı Alkan and Hürriyet’s İpek Yezdani.

Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything — and inspired him to make another film: “When I Walk”…

“When I Walk” is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, DaSilva’s spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother’s tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor. Check out more about this Official Selection of 2013 Sundance Film Festival at: