“Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy” (PBS 2008) — Opening

Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy, directed by Academy Award-nominee Alice Elliott, is a look at an unusual, symbiotic relationship between two people some would call profoundly disabled.

Two of the country’s most remarkable advocates for people with disabilities, Diana Braun, who has Down Syndrome, and Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy, met three decades ago and vowed to fight to live independent lives. Told in an intimate, verite style, the film is a story of a compelling, creative friendship, as Diana and Kathy model a grand experiment in independent living.


  • AAIDD Media Award (2007)
  • Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media
  • TASH Positive Images in Media (2007)
  • Best of Festival Award (Superfest XXVIII)
  • Crystal Heart Award (2007 Heartland Film Festival)
  • NAFDMA Insight Award for Excellence (2007)


  • IDA Short Documentary Award (2007)
  • American Library Association’s Notable Videos for Adults

Film website: dianaandkathy.com

Distributed by New Day Films