WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE FILM?
"The film's strength is in its sensitivity to the subject matter (...). It is both educational and emotional and may be appreciated by those who know nothing about aphasia, as well as people and families living with the disorder' challenges on a daily basis".
Karen Tucker, Executive Director, Adler Aphasia Center
"Someone told me after (my husband's) stroke that people with aphasia are still the same on the inside, but they need a new window to the World...This is what this documentary explains".
Judi Stradinger, Founder/Executive Director, Aphasia Hope Foundation
"A powerful account of human resilience, and an engaging teaching tool for those interested in learning about the many faces of aphasia".
Jean K. Gordon, Communication Sciences & Disorders, The University of Iowa
"Mr. Florez has created a work that (...) can contribute materially to the public awareness of aphasia. It is an emotionally compelling production that will engage, educate and sensitize viewers to their neighbors with aphasia. Through that sensitization, this work has the potential to help people with aphasia to re-engage with their lives".
Robert Volin, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College.
THE MAIN CHARACTERS
Ed, a 42 year-old ex-athletic trainer, had a stroke while running a race, and consequently lost his speech. As a result of this, he lives now with his parents. Ed misses his two 10 year old children very much. They now live with their mother. As a way of expressing himself, Ed has begun to learn photography and is currently presenting a few exhibitions in New York.
Tinna, a Jewish-Persian woman in her forties, had the stroke 16 years ago, and a few years later a heart transplant. She met her husband Jeff through internet, and they soon got married. Tinna cannot give birth because of her health issues, so the couple decided to go through an in vitro fertilization process.
Lance, a 64 year-old business man, had a stroke a few months ago. Malvina, his ever-supporting wife, helps him with his daily speech exercises, but he suffers from a severe loss of identity that he is overcoming thanks to his Baptist church community.
WHY THIS FILM?
2 million people have aphasia in the U.S, but very few people have ever heard of it. This is where this film comes into picture, dealing with a topic that seriously matters to society: if we take into account the relatives and friends of those who have aphasia, more than 20 million people in this country are affected by it. Also, there are no major documentaries about aphasia, and yet there is an urgent need of talking about it because lack of media coverage is one of the main reasons for the shortage of funding and research. Indeed, we strongly believe that a documentary is nowadays the perfect medium to raise this issue and to help society understand it from a human point of view.