Synopsis

Documentary filmmaker Gerardine Wurzburg follows autism advocates Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette through Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland as they work to educate the public about their affliction through gentle humor and an open dialogue. As schoolboys Thresher and Bissonette were separated from their peers and forced to attend special-education classes after their limited communication abilities led doctors and teachers to believe they were mentally handicapped. Years later, both learned to type, expanding their ability to communicate and changing their lives forever. In this film, we join the pair as they visit with a Buddhist monk, experience a hair-raising tuk-tuk ride in Sri Lanka, and enjoy a relaxing dip in a Finnish sauna while working to raise awareness about what it means to suffer from autism. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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