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My Photograph is of my stepson Dylan Griff. Dylan was only a small infant when his walker got to close to the wood burning stove and left Dylan with facial burns to one side of his face only.
I have seen Dylan grow in so many wonderful ways, despite his appearance on the outside.
Once home schooled by his Mom, I encouraged Dylan to try public school in Junior High, he did and from that point on Dylan's life changed in many wonderful ways. He made many long time friends, became a honor roll student, traveled to Japan with school honor roll students. Dylan graduated with Honors in High School. Dylan also mastered many belts in both Karate' and Judo. Dylan worked a couple of jobs to help with costs of his enrollment as an Engineering Student at the University of Victoria. The future looks very bright for this amazing young man, I am very proud of Dylan.
The Man Without a Face is a 1993 American drama film starring and directed by Mel Gibson. The film is based on Isabelle Holland's 1972 novel of the same name.
The film takes place in the late 1960s. For the past seven years, Justin McLeod (Gibson) has been living as a recluse painter. McLeod, a former teacher, has lived an isolated existence ever since a car accident left him disfigured and killed one of his male students. A young boy, Chuck, sees Justin on a ferry and is intrigued by and slightly scared of him. Chuck needs a tutor to help him pass a military academy's entrance exam and Justin seems to be the only one to truly believe that he will succeed. Eventually, Chuck is able to persuade McLeod to become his teacher and the two develop a friendship.
Chuck keeps his daily meetings with McLeod a secret to avoid the scorn of being associated with the man with a facial difference who has a past which is shrouded in mystery. No one knows much about McLeod and few people have made an effort to get to know him, making McLeod the object of gossip and speculation. When Chuck's mother learns that her son has been visiting the man, she and the rest of the town are convinced that McLeod must have been molesting the child, despite Chuck's adamant denials. Chuck confronts McLeod, and learns the full story of his disfigurement: McLeod was in a car accident with a student. He was branded a pedophile and exiled from his hometown. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Once his relationship with Chuck is discovered, McLeod is once again railed out of town and ordered by the authorities not to have any sort of contact with Chuck.
On his way out of town, McLeod leaves Chuck a note wishing him the best of luck in his academic goals and a reminder to tolerate people who are different. In the film's finale, Chuck is shown graduating from the military academy and sees a familiar figure in the background, recognizing it as his tutor, the man without a face.
Also by Cindy Griff
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