Tickets available for special one-time screening of ‘States of Grace’ Feb. 17 |

Tickets available for special one-time screening of ‘States of Grace’ Feb. 17

The documentary "States of Grace" will screen in Grass Valley Feb. 17 if enough tickets are sold by Feb. 9.
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The star of the film “States of Grace,” Dr. Grace Dammann, is expected to appear at the Feb. 17 Grass Valley showing, organizers said.

The documentary will screen for one time only at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Del Oro Theatre, 165 Mill St., Grass Valley — as long as 73 tickets are sold prior to the event.

More than 40 tickets have already been sold; organizers are asking people to purchase tickets before Feb. 9 to ensure the screening will take place.

The film is about the miraculous recovery of Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist, who was struck head-on during a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Dammann miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered and severely disabled.

States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Family dynamics are turned upside down as each of them must negotiate new roles and responsibilities. As the only able-bodied person in their household, Fu becomes the primary caregiver to Grace while also taking on a more active role as parent. Dammann, meanwhile, who was previously honored for her work by the Dalai Lama, must reconcile her joy at still being alive with the frustration of being so dependent on others.

Dammann says she hoped participating in the film would lead to something positive coming from the accident.

“What I wanted was a teaching tool for medical students, physicians, physical therapists and family members who are dealing with caregiver and care-receiver issues,” she said. “I was thinking that this could ultimately be of service because I wanted something good to come out of my accident — not just for me, but for everybody.”

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