11 min / documentary / 2009 / USA
Despite severe medical hardships, learning disabilities, and challenges “fitting in” with peers, Ben’s love for life, and for music, shines through.
Cocktails With Ben is the story of an amazing young man with Williams Syndrome named Ben Monkaba. This short documentary, which is narrated by Ben’s mother, Terry, chronicles Ben’s life from childhood. Despite severe medical hardships, learning disabilities, and challenges “fitting in” with peers, Ben’s love for life, and for music, shines through. Cocktails With Ben is a testament to the human spirit with “life lessons” for all.
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