Educating resting minds means patient repetition of mobile thinking. My mind is lightning fast in a body whose parts often do things that give people a different impression.
How best to sway doubting minds?
They say write what you know and what could be better than having a film crew follow you around to document the lightning and the thunder.
Mom will add some things about the documentary, Unspoken, here now:
While Emma just wandered off, confident in my ability to take the baton she’s handed me and run with it, I’m not as sure. So be kind to me. I’ll do my best, but first, a couple of things about the documentary, Unspoken.
Unspoken is the name of the documentary Emma is co-directing with the very talented Julia Ngeow, produced by the equally talented Geneva Peschka and executive producer Marquise Stillwell from Open Box. This is Emma’s project. Not mine. And if you’ve never heard of any of these folks, please go to the links I’ve provided. Emma is working with an exceptionally talented group of people!
When Emma recently had a meeting with Unspoken’s editor, Marco Perez, he asked Emma, “Why are you doing this documentary?”
Emma typed in response, “This is my life. Mostly the positive, but sprinkled with salt on tough beliefs thought by others who decide they know what it’s like to be me or worse, don’t care. This is about prejudices, segregation, human rights and fear.”
I then went on an impassioned, okay more like enraged, rant about societal expectations and so-called norms, the way autism and Autistic people are typically spoken of and to, how the voices of Autistic people are continually silenced, how infuriating it is, not to mention insulting (to say the very least) to Autistics and when I stopped to catch my breath I became aware of how loud my voice had gotten. I mumbled something about how I obviously felt strongly about all of this and would stop talking now, thank you very much.
And then Emma typed, “Let’s change people’s perceptions with love. Can Mom be angry? Yes, because she loves intensely.”
Yeah, because that’s the way Emma is. And I gave birth to her. And how she is, the way she is, astonishes and amazes and I could go on and on and on and on about how proud and grateful I am to know such a person as her, let alone be her mother, but then that just might fall into the whole ranting thing again and I promised I wouldn’t do that. So I’ll just stop now. Again. Really. Enough.
Unspoken is in the hands of the very capable and extremely gifted editor Marco Perez. Everyone is hoping for a release date sometime in 2016.
Unspoken has a Facebook page – Unspoken Documentary. So go over to Facebook and show it some love. Okay there is no “love” button on Facebook, but the “like” button works really well. (Or/and you can leave some of that love here too.)
Emma in Santorini, Greece August, 2015 Photograph by Ariane Zurcher