The documentary, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia,” written and directed by James Redford is an honest, intelligent and even humorous look at dyslexia. The film follows Redford’s son, Dylan, his early struggles to read and efforts to attend a highly competitive university. Among others it also features well-known and highly successful dyslexics, Gavin Newsome, David Boies, Sir Richard Branson and Charles Schwab.
Films about dyslexia often focus on the negative. You’ll learn all about kids who struggled with self-esteem, who thought they were intellectually inferior, who squeaked through school and obtained a diploma if they were lucky.
This film is filled with hope. As Redford put it, “had I seen this movie when Dylan was functionally illiterate in fourth grade, I would have been spared an extraordinary amount of anxiety about the future.”
Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, explain the neuroscience behind dyslexia as well as the critical thinking skills and creativity dyslexics possess. Redford notes, “It would be heartbreaking if your formative opinion of your abilities and intelligence is solely shaped by a struggle to read.”
Via Lou Salza