Bonnie Burt Productions
from STRONG LOVE Strong Love
56 minutes, English
2007, video/DVD

Strong Love is the story of world-class weight lifter Jon Shapiro and his childhood sweetheart Holly James, both of whom were born with Down syndrome. This documentary follows the couple over the course of three years, starting with their decision to get married. Their challenges, their triumphs, and their complex, sometimes surprising relationships with family and friends are at the heart of this inspiring film.

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A World-Class Weightlifter and his sweetheart decide to marry...
photo by Stephanie Pool

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Rave reviews of Strong Love from Educational Media Reviews Online:

Technically the film is very strong, the camera angles, original music and editing helped maintain my interest. The story moves quickly and answers the questions that come to mind about these two lives...

Because the film has such human-interest appeal, and deals with some universal themes it will appeal to a wide audience and can be useful in many ways.

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...from Down Syndrome News:

Some scenes will make you cry, others will make you laugh. All in all, it's a picture of life full of surprises, challenges and joy.

...and from Video Librarian, March/April 2008:

An uplifting story (in more than one sense), winsomely told.

Holly and Jon practicing their wedding vows on YouTube:

Festival Screenings:

  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Mendocino Film Festival
  • Sprout Film Festival, New York
  • Picture This Film Festival, Canada
  • Silver City Film Festival
  • Full Frame Documentary Film festival
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
  • Taiwan Disability Film Festival
  • White Sands Film Festival




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