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Love At Second Sight is an educational video that transforms attitudes about appearance and encourages students to accept themselves and others. It's about difference and belonging, judgment and inclusion.
Facially different David Roche and his lovely wife Marlena Blavin share their stories with a spellbound middle-school audience. As they explore themes of self-acceptance (David finds his inner beauty) and accepting others (Marlena moves from revulsion to friendship), the students’ reactions move from discomfort and stunned silence to laughter, delight and engagement. From their faces and feedback, it is clear that their perceptions have quickly shifted as they are encouraged to take that vital second look.
David and Marlena have presented Love At Second Sight live more than one hundred times in schools (to grades 6-12). Thanks to the generous support of more than 300 donors in our successful Kickstarter campaign, the 24-minute video is complete.
It's Fall and school is back in session. Consider making a gift of Love At Second Sight to your child's teacher or local school. It's a perfect addition to character classes, anti-bullying and self-esteem programs, and for assemblies.
When you purchase Love At Second Sight, you will receive:
- 2 videos, one with subtitles for the hearing impaired
- The Love At Second Sight 2-minute trailer
- The Second Look theme song in both instrumental only and vocal versions
- PDF Users Guide with suggested activities for home and classroom
After your purchase, you will have the option to watch the videos via streaming, but we encourage you to download them for future viewing. Click on a video to select it, then on the "Video Downloads" button (bottom left). You will also receive a confirmation email with links to all the videos and bonus items.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
“Whenever I’m frightened I think of your courage and it helps me do the challenges.”
“When you both were talking it made me want to cry thank you so much now I promise I will always take a second look.”
“Your talk was inspiring because sometimes I have ugly days and I can just remember the both of you.”
“Thank you for coming to our school. You have given me a boost of confidence.”
“You changed me and my point of view towards people and their differences. Today you taught me that it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, but it’s what is on the inside that counts.”
"Oh and to tell the honest truth I think that your face was pretty cool. In a good way, of course. "
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WHAT TEACHERS SAY
“We’ve had dozens of speakers here over the years, but none have sparked such overwhelmingly powerful responses from our students as did David and Marlena. Their message is joyous and uplifting - our kids (and faculty) loved them.”
Blair Fisher, Dean of Students
The Walker School
“I have heard so many students talking about your presentations. We had wonderful homeroom discussions! Students were clear on your messages and saw how to relate it to their own lives.”
Linda Sheppard, Principal
Miller Creek Middle School
San Rafael, CA
“With humor and sensitivity, David and Marlena show us all how to live our lives dealing with those things that make us each feel different or ‘less than.’ I wish I could mandate this performance for everyone. It is that inspiring and important.”
Lisa Pavlovsky, Director
Marin Country Day School
Corte Madera, CA