WATCH: ‘Including Samuel’ Preview

Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film,Including Samuel, honestly chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with dozens of teachers, young people, parents and disability rights experts.

Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.

Including Samuel has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Good Morning American NOW and in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. Exceptional Parent magazine said “Including Samuel is a must see film.” The film won the Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The film was also screened at the Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and named “Best Documentary” at the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival.  The global aid group Mercy Corps is using the film to support the Iraqi disability rights movement.

Photo Credit:  Dan Habib/


About Dan Habib

Dan Habib is the director, producer and cinematographer of the new documentary, Including Samuel. The film won the 2007 Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities.  The film was named “Best Documentary” at the 2007 Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival, and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. Exceptional Parent Magazine said “Including Samuel is a must see film.” Habib is Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Until joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor since 1995. In 2006 and 2008 he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year for papers under 100,000 circulation. He was a staff photographer with the Monitor from 1988-1992. Between his stints at the Monitor, Habib freelanced and created a multi-media documentary project titled “Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion” (  His freelance work, including extensive documentary work in China, has appeared in numerous publications, including Time, Newsweek, Yankee, Life, Boston Magazine, Mother Jones and the New York Times. Habib has been named New Hampshire Photographer of the Year six times. He has been a judge of Pulitzer Prizes, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism and White House News Photographer’s Association. He was one of 10 young photojournalists from around the world chosen for the 1995 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam. Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire, with their sons Isaiah, 11, and Samuel, 8.

Dan Habib Headshot Photo Credit: Franz Nicolay photo

Author: Kevin Mulligan

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  • Kevin Mulligan

    In my haste to get this post up, I neglected to mention that I had the pleasure of attending this screening back in November at CW Post College. Afterwards, there was a Q & A with Mr. Habib and I had the pleasure of meeting him, from across the auditorium, as I offered some comments. To say that it was an excellent and powerful piece would be a gross understatement. It was an exceptional film and I encourage everyone to see it even if you do not have a disabled child. At the very least, it will open your eyes to the disability rights movement.

    Disclosure: The contents of this post were taken directly from the Media Kits on the website. I don’t want anyone to think that I am a better writer than I actually am. :)

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