U.S. Theatrical Premiere
Emma Zurcher-Long, Geneva Peschka and Julia Ngeow, 2018, 26 min.
September 7th - September 8th & September 10th - 13th, 7:30pm | September 9th, 4:00pm
16-year-old Emma Zurcher-Long sees and hears the world, as she put it, in "Hi-res, technicolor and surround sound".
While it may not always be easy for people to understand where Emma is coming from, it has become her mission to teach the world how potent, powerful and dynamic the life of an autistic teenager actually is.
To achieve this Emma uses the keyboard to strengthen her communication with others. Applying her insightful writing as a catalyst and remedy to the fear and misunderstanding surrounding autism, Emma presents Unspoken as a collaborative self-portrait. Her quest to enrich our understanding of what it means to be human takes Emma to conferences and schools across North America, where she shares a message of hope, love and acceptance.
As a chronicle of a teenager coming into her own, and as a work advocating for the rights of all peoples, Unspoken is a lesson on, and celebration of, living an authentic life.
This is Emma's debut as co-director.
Q&A with co-directors Emma Zurcher-Long (and subject), Geneva Peschka, Julia Ngeow and Ariane Zurcher (Emma's aide) followed by a reception on Friday, September 7th and Thursday, September 13th. More Q&As to follow.
Executive produced by Academy nominated actress Vera Farmiga and producer Renn Hawkey.
Unspoken had its premiere at the 40th Mill Valley Film Festiva, was awarded the 2017 Positive Image in Media Award by TASH (the largest disability conference in North America), and screened at the ReelAbilitites Film Festival in Toronto, the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience and SXSW EDU 2018.