In ‘Wretches & Jabberers’, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence. With limited speech, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, both faced lives of mute isolation in mental institutions or adult disability centers. When they learned as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future. Along the way, they reunite with old friends from the USA, expand the isolated world of a talented young painter and make new allies in their cause.
J Ralph(“Man on a Wire” and “The Cove”) wrote the score for “Wretches & Jabberers” and collaborated on the film’s soundtrack with Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Scarlett Johannson, Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Stephen Still, Ben Taylor and many more.
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“Banishes the myths about autism and reveals its global face.” – Parade
“An eye-opening and most entertaining doc… nearly perfect” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Autism finds its voice.” – Newsweek
“Ingenious documentary about real autistics” – Wall Street Journal