When mother and son attended the Tribeca opening of "Monica & David," Jason enthusiastically told the couple, "I'm just like you," then continued, turning to Kingsley, "to me, this film is about, back off mom!"
As for Monica and David, who are now 38 and 32, they have embraced the film about their now-five-year marriage.
"[It] was a huge relief when I first showed them the cut," said Codina, the filmmaker. "They talk about wanting to be stars, feeling proud and being happy that people love their film. They are natural-born stars. But really, I think it's because they feel acknowledged and understood by the camera; and now by the audience."
The couple serves as volunteers in the Take Action program that accompanies the film online. The film will also be accessible to those who are blind and vision impaired as ACB Radio live streams the audio with full audio description of all visual elements.
Codina hopes that viewers and listeners will look beyond policy and language changes when it comes to understanding the adult world of people with disabilities.
"One of the things that's very challenging is getting people to connect on a human level with those with disabilities," said Codina.
"I see this as a love story that people will take on an emotional human level and get beyond the fact that they have Down syndrome," she said. "And with that raw human connection, begin to regard people with disabilities in their everyday lives and work places differently."