Will you be tuning in? Representation is important and I applaud Netflix for continuing to put the spotlight on our autism community.
In a new short-documentary film called The Speed Cubers we get in an insight look into the competitive world of solving Rubik’s Cubes. The documentary mainly revolves around 17-year-old Max Park from California who is on the autism spectrum and Feliks Zemdegs from Australia. Both of these individuals are previous World Champion Cubers and the documentary looks primarily at the 2019 World Championship.
Max has challenges with things like social skills but seeing him form a bond with Felik was a beautiful thing to see. Social skills were a huge challenge for me growing up on the autism spectrum. That and not understanding things like sarcasm made finding friendships challenging. I just gave a workshop for our community to enjoy on autism & social skills training which you can watch here. Another challenge Max’s family is unsure about his ability to deal with rejection if it happens (i.e. a loss in the world championships).
There were a few parts of the documentary I didn’t like but really liked the friendship formed with Felik and Max.
Another reason I enjoyed seeing this documentary was my work as an autism entertainment consultant on Joyful Noise, Jane Wants A Boyfriend (which looks at a young woman with autism trying to find love in NYC) & HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher to bring a realistic portrayal of autism to our entertainment industry.
Have you watched the film yet? Tell me what you thought in the comments!
My name is Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum that started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education. Help support me so I can continue to help students with autism go to college by making a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit here.