A new documentary film sheds fresh light on living with autism. "Wretches and Jabberers" follows two autistic men from Central Vermont, Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher.
Because of their limited speech, Larry and Tracy faced a future of social isolation. But their lives changed dramatically when they learned to communicate by typing. In fact, we learn that they have a rather poetic relationship with language.
The film follows Larry and Tracy as they travel the world on a mission to change attitudes about disability and intelligence.
Wretches and Jabberers is directed and co-produced by Gerardine Wurzburg, who lives in Washington, DC. VPR’s Neal Charnoff speaks with Wurzburg about her Academy-award winning work addressing disabilities and social justice.
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The film will have special screenings nationwide in April, as part of Autism Awareness Month. Wretches and Jabberers will be shown at Merrill’s Roxy Cinema in Burlington, Saturday April 9th.