Creative Audience film examines autism without borders

“Wretches & Jabberers,” a film that came out in limited release in 2010, will be shown as a Creative Audience event on Apr. 1.

The official synopsis: “In ‘Wretches & Jabberers,’ two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.”

By experiencing the travels and thoughts of two men with Autism, the audience might see ways to break down social barriers related to autism and mental illness. Placing Tracy and Larry at the center of the documentary helps the audience see these events through their eyes, instead of simply reacting to them, a strategy used by similar movies.

Tracy and Larry’s website is The movie will be shown at 6 p.m. in Bentley 207.