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The documentary film, "The Smith Perspective" had its debut showing at the AFI Theaters in Silver Spring, MD on August 26, 2019. The one hour film inspired a crowd of over 250 people.  Afterwards, the Smith Family was available for questions and comments about the film.  Below is a recap of the evening captured on video.

The second showing was in Joe's home town, Magee, Mississippi on August 31, 2019 where almost 100 folks were able to enjoy the film.


The third showing was at the home church of the Smith family, Clinton AME Zion Church in Rockville, MD on September 11, 2019 where over 100 people got to see the film.

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Here's some feedback on what people are saying about "The Smith Perspective"

"Words cannot convey the impact this movie had on my wife and me. The Smith Family's story changed not only our relationship and the way we communicate with each other, but also changed the way we guide and listen to our children. Finally a documentary without an agenda other than to inspire others. We now use the word "perspective" frequently and listen more than we talk. Can't thank James Bonato and the Smith family enough for sharing this story with us."

-Tony Currier

"The Smith Perspective is a documentary film that will add a valuable piece to your own puzzle. It is a must see documentary that asks everyone to step up and be more, feel more and do more on a daily basis. James Bonato is a superb film maker and this documentary is a special tribute to The Smith family."

-Lanie Kinze

"I felt the documentary was great and very inspirational. It displayed the importance of family coming together through challenging times. It should be watch by everyone no matter of your race to understand what it means to have understanding and compassion. Again, I enjoyed watching the documentary and it definitely made me think about my life and challenges that I'm faced with."

-Orman Jones


"This is a very moving ongoing situation of love overcoming huge challenges with persistence and even obstinacy. This is the Life saga of the Smith family. James has portrayed the story compassionately with feeling and empathy. Congratulations to James for bringing this story to a wide audience. All the Very Best to the Smith family, particularly to Mrs. Smith for her courage and fortitude. We can all learn from her example to carry on despite the most difficult obstacles."

-Feroza Vatcha

"Just...WOW! If you missed "The Smith Perspective" know that it’s ALL of THAT! The next opportunity, I pray your face is in the place! I’ve laughed, cried, prayed and shouted—all of again! Many blessings as God uses this testimony to strengthen faith and families!"

-Alyce Walker Johnson

"This evening I viewed a rare kind of film, one that changes the way you think about life. The mother in this family had a brain tumor, leaving her a quadriplegic after surgery. Instead of putting her in a nursing home, her husband cared for her and their two sons at home. Their perseverance and optimism over the past twenty-three years is a true testimony to their Christian faith. My eyes welled with tears numerous times during the sad but beautiful story the family told."

-Sheila Crye

"We can never know what dominates the lives of those whose paths we cross. Until I watched this video, I just thought that Jharol was a man who drove a well equipped van to take people to physical therapy and back home again. I didn’t really pay much attention to what it takes to do this kind of work, and how great his capabilities truly are. My daughter, Stephanie, depends on him to take her to and from therapy, on time and safely. I am so grateful that he does, and very happy she posted his video. Through amazing love for his dear mother, she was more than able to teach Jharol well. What a gift they gave each other!"

-H. Anne Bennett

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