Documentary Highlights Triumphs, Challenges Of Canton's Matty Christian

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The death of 25-year-old Matty Christian in 2009 sent ripples throughout the tight-knit community of Canton. He was born without fully developed arms and legs, and with no tongue.

Through his — and his family's — perseverance, Matty lived life to the fullest. He participated in a range of sports and qualified as an alternate for the U.S. team to the Paralympic Games in Australia in 2000.

A new documentary, "Raising Matty Christian," chronicles his short life and how he deeply inspired those around him with footage from hours of home videos.

"Raising Matty Christian" is being screened July 29 at the Woods Hole International Film Festival and in Cambridge on August 9 at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival.


Christian de Rezendes, director of "Raising Matty Christian."


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  • "Rhode Island-based filmmaker Christian de Rezendes’s inspirational documentary 'Raising Matty Christian' profiles Canton native Matthew G. Christian, who, despite being born in 1983 without a full set of arms and legs and with no tongue, managed with the support of his family to live a full, if too brief, life."

This article was originally published on July 28, 2014.

This segment aired on July 28, 2014.


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