Dante’s Journey-A Documentary and Hope for Autism

To fund a feature-length documentary film (90 minutes) sharing the full story that has already inspired so many on TikTok.  View the 6.5 minute trailer above for a preview of the film that will be completed by the end of 2021.  Additional funds beyond the cost of production are designated for Dante's Journey, a non-profit organization with a mission to empower families living with autism by disseminating knowledge and sharing more inspirational stories that can impact change, improve lives, and restore hope.


Dante’s Journey is a documentary film that will educate and offer hope to millions in the autism community; to see beyond the struggle and discover a new path enriched with knowledge, inspiration, and acceptance.

The story of Mario and Dante (father and son) and their impassioned journey through life, navigating the day to day experience of autism – the routines, the therapies and treatments, the struggles, and the moments of pure joy. The story centers around Mario’s video journaling on TikTok chronicling Dante’s promising progress on a new regimen of medical cannabis and some very poignant moments together that reveal an emerging Dante. The hundreds of thousands of Mario’s inspired TikTok followers reveal that his compassion and determination for Dante is what is giving them renewed strength and hope in their own journey with autism (“...you motivate me to be me...”, “seeing your process of rediscovery is giving people pure joy and love for others...”, “Dante you are genuinely a shining light in this world”). Soon it becomes clear that regardless of how well the new treatment is working, Mario’s incredible love and devotion to his son is bringing them both out of the slumber and giving so many others the same courage to never give up hope.
“For years I’ve asked myself why me? Willing to understand that things happen for a reason and trying the best I could to understand Autism, it was very difficult to accept. Over the years I’ve learned more about myself and more about understanding and love because of my amazing son. Learning to connect with him in unconventional ways – through his behaviors and subtle sounds, reciting lines from his favorite movies, or special words he says when trying to communicate with me. The professionals we look to for help did what they could. But at best, it was like throwing darts at a dartboard.” – @mariocorto

Dante’s Journey is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status. FEIN #: 86-2340956

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  • Joe Younglove
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Dantes Journey Charity
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