Filmmaker Sarah Entine was identified as having dyslexia as a child. But she doesn’t fully understand what that means until her late 20s. To explore her reading issues, she decides to interview her family. That’s when she discovers something about her mother and grandmother: They may have undiagnosed learning and attention issues. A lack of understanding has hurt relationships between family members for years. This documentary is an authentic look at how dyslexia can impact a family.
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This documentary had very personal beginnings. Director Luis Macias says, “I can’t take back … the many times I accused my son of being lazy and not trying hard enough. This film is my way of trying to prevent other children and their families from having to go through what we did.” In the movie, people with dyslexia, experts and parents explain what dyslexia feels like. They encourage early identification. And they stress how much support in school and at home can help kids.
In this television movie, Mike (Kirk Douglas) has spent his entire life trying to hide his dyslexia. Only his best friend and his wife have ever known that he can’t read or write. As the owner of a general store, he’s been able to create workarounds for his issues. But when he’s nominated for local political office, he worries about how he can keep his secret under wraps. Then he learns his grandson also has trouble reading. And Mike has to confront his shame and accept his challenges for the sake of the boy—and his own future happiness.
Two filmmakers who have dyslexia created this 2005 documentary. It’s one of the first intimate looks at the lives of young people with reading issues. The film follows three young students. We find out how their parents discovered the kids’ reading and writing issues. We see the students at school and at home. And the kids talk honestly about what it’s like to live with their issues while dreaming about their futures.
(This film also touches on other learning and attention issues. Dysgraphia and dyscalculia are among them.)
Kids may enjoy this documentary’s lighter approach to reading issues. Sometimes it’s funny or silly. But it still says a lot about dyslexia. Filmmaker Harvey Hubbell V doesn’t see the issue as a learning disability. He sees it as a learning difference. Hubbell shares what growing up with dyslexia was like for him. And he shows advocates, scientists and students working to make things better. He also films famous people with dyslexia. You’ll hear from actor Billy Bob Thornton and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, among others.