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True Humans

A Documentary About the history  of the Sonoma Developmental Center
streaming coming soon!


What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be evicted from the place you have called home for most of your life?


This feature documentary, shares the stories of residents of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) and their families who faced many tough choices in being asked to relocate to smaller group homes in the North Bay Area. Film Production took place during the Summer of 2018. The documentary also features Senator Mike McGuire and Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin.

Photo: Senator Mike McGuire and Film Director, Malinalli López. 

Sonoma Developmental Center

Nestled as a community jewel in the small town of Eldridge, CA the Sonoma Developmental Center  which had been in service for 126 years was historically a tight-knit community for the developmentally disabled. When the SDC  closed on December of 2018, we documented the stories of family members of residents who had lived there most of their lives.

Since the closure of the SDC,  XQL media in collaboration with the Parent Hospital Association now known as Family Advocates United/PHA  produced a documentary on the stories of residents of the SDC and their families to document what the SDC had meant to them. 

To read more about the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center please read more here:

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