We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving here at the Takeaway, including loyal listeners and unexpected guests. Among them, a team of five people who helped us see the world through different eyes: Larry Bissonnette, Tracy Thresher, their assistants Pascal Cheng and Harvey Lavoy, and film director Gerry Wurzburg. They talked with us about their documentary, "Wretches and Jabberers."
Filmmaker Geraldine Wurzberg, and Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonette, two men with autism, discuss the film “Wretches and Jabberers.” The film follows Thresher and Bissonnette, who use keyboards and computers to communicate instead of speaking, who set out on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. They travel to Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland, in order to challenge public attitudes about autism. It’s playing at the AMC theater on 42nd street.
"Wretches and Jabberers" is a buddy movie, a road trip movie and a moving adventure. But this new film is different than your typical mainstream fare. The documentary stars two autistic friends and advocates who do most of their communicating through typing. The story follows Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher, as well as their assistants Pascal Cheng and Harvey Lavoy, as they travel around the world, meet other autistic people, and advocate for autism rights.