**WINNER Best Canadian Feature - Hot Docs 2013**
**WINNER Audience Award - Vancouver Int'l Film Festival 2013**
**WINNER Innovation Award - Topanga Film Festival 2013**
**WINNER Grand Jury Prize - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013**
**WINNER Best Canadian Documentary and Audience Award - Global Visions Film Festival 2014**
**WINNER News & Documentary Emmy Award 2015 - Outstanding Informational Programming**
NYT Critics' Pick -- "DaSilva's experience behind a camera shows in his brisk pacing, clear narrative structure, and the awareness that a story of sickness needs lighthearted distractions... Fueled by [...] uncompromising intelligence and unrelenting candor."
—Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
Village Voice Critics' Pick -- "Absorbing and moving!"
—Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Extraordinarily accomplished, poignant, and wise."
—Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"When I Walk makes it very clear that Jason isn't all alone despite his support system. Rather, his support system, including his mom, makes him who he is, even more than his malfunctioning legs and hands. His life isn't his disease, and neither [...] is his lovingly collaborative film."
—Noah Berlatsky, The Dissolve
"[Jason DaSilva's] always looking one step ahead, as a filmmaker and as a character. The title is reflective of this. And because the movie relishes the natural and forgoes the tired beats one would expect this story to hit, the audience is pulled in, and will likely wonder what the next step for Jason is, too."
—Jake Marcks, Tiny Mix Tapes
"An unflinching portrait of DaSilva's physical deterioration suffused with his contagious fortitude and resilient spirit."
—Nate von Zumwalt, Sundance Institute
“The work I do, this [AXS Map] app and the film, is about changing the face of disability. The civil rights movement, the gay and lesbian movement, even the feminist movement all gained traction. But for some reason, the disability movement kind of slowed down. I’m trying to find a way to bring it back.”
"I think it's a love story, more than an activist's film. It's about the triumph over challenges -- that's the crux of the whole story. I have MS and am able to find love within it. I want people to draw parallels with their own challenges, however big or small, and draw their own conclusions with their own lives."
"DaSilva is at the top of his craft here... Poetically humanistic and emotionally resonant... When I Walk is a breathtaking piece of documentary cinema."
—Joshua Brunsting, Criterioncast
"Leaves viewers feeling hopeful. We feel an acceptance in Jason even though most of his daily activities are taken over by someone else. He overcomes obstacles and figures out how to adjust—a valuable lesson in itself."
—Karen Alexander, Film Forward
“One of the most honest and sincere films ever to grace the Sundance silver screen...’We only live one life’–and WHEN I WALK is definitely worth the short time we have.”
—Esther Merono, Slug Magazine
“A powerful documentary about the failure of the human body and the triumph of the human spirit… This was the best doc at Sundance 2013.”
—Brian Tallerico, Hollywood Chicago
"★ ★ ★ ★ ★"
—Jana Monji, Examiner
"Fascinating... DaSilva is an engaging presence to watch."
—Kevin Taft, Edge Los Angeles
“★ ★ ★ ★ ½ WHEN I WALK presents a meditation on a life well lived. It doesn’t attempt a simplistic answer. Instead, it gazes at life’s injustices, its mysteries, its quirks of fate– but also at the beauty of fleeting moments, the relationships we forge, and the legacy we leave behind.”
—Jamie Tipps, Film Threat
“DaSilva’s strength and resilience ... shines through every frame of his story... It’s a lovely, inspiring film, deeply personal and honest.”
—Kim Voynar, Movie City News
“Skilled direction and an indomitable spirit make a filmmaker’s personal journey with multiple sclerosis inspiring without being maudlin... A satisfying and worthwhile journey.”
—James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter
“A likable, intimate documentary”
—Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Remarkable not only in scope but in spirit... Moving evidence that debilitation does not equal death.”
“In what could have been an exercise in self-indulgence for DaSilva, his positive outlook on life and perseverance spin an inspiring tale that will appeal to the masses, transcending the condition and making this documentary a universal tale of perseverance.”
—Daniel Pratt, Exclaim Canada
“A heartfelt and honest look at one man’s drive and determination to continue his passion and maintain his sense of self, all while an incurable disease takes pieces away from him one day at a time… The film has taken an invisible disease, and made us see one of its victims as a real and whole person.”
—The Mind Reels
"The film is less a treatment of MS than the story of a young couple facing challenges they did not invent and finding their way to happiness. Too many of us choose to be victims. Jason and Alice point us to a better way."
--Richard M. Cohen, Journey Man