Academy Award-winning film director Gerry Wurzburg visited the University of South Florida Tampa campus Friday to talk about her film "Wretches and Jabberers". The film follows two men with autism who travel the world to change people’s perspective about disabilities.
A trailer for the film is below.
Wurzburg, along with representatives from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, held the USF screening of the film to help promote acceptance.
“Too often people who have limited speech-- people assume that they are not intelligent,” said Wurzburg. “I think the key message in the film is that you should always assume that someone is competent.”
The film also has touched a local Tampa resident who has been advocating for disability rights. Henry Frost started a campaign called “I Stand with Henry” at the age of 12 advocating for the human rights of people with disabilities. Due to his campaign, Frost is able to attend his neighborhood school.
The Ollibean Art for Change, a group that unites advocates, families and professionals around disability issues, is sponsoring a second showing of "Wretches & Jabberers."
That showing is Saturday, April 6th, at 5 p.m. in the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. in downtown Tampa.
A question and answer session will be held after the film screening. Wurzburg and film stars Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonette will be there to answer questions from the audience.