I finally got the chance to see The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.
The filmmaker interviewed a number of people who have been touched by dyslexia, including Richard Branson and Charles Schwab, about their experiences. Although they addressed school life and the difficulties therein, they also talk about how it affected them in personal and professional lives.
One experience that got to me was of the young man who had problems with combination locks. Personally, I hated those things because I cannot memorize combinations and which way went with which the number.
They also talked about difficulty with word recall and pronunciation, which was great to hear. That aspect will probably be one of the most irritating and socially debilitating aspects of dyslexia.
There was a lot about this movie that I really liked. As mentioned above, they addressed ways dyslexia affects you outside of reading and writing, which isn’t common enough in his types of media.
They also stressed that dyslexia is not something that will not go away after a while. I’d like to see that sentiment in other pieces as well, because there is still a misconception that it doesn’t last past the school years.
Another thing I enjoyed was the interviewed people of all ages, instead of only children and parents. These aspects both demonstrate the fact that dyslexia is a lifelong thing, and that kids can have people to look up to who have conquered their own difficulties with this LD.
The only thing that annoyed me was the use of music when interviewees talked about the issues they faced. I understand that music is used in films to enhance the mood or add to the story, but for some reason the music took away from the moment, in this case. In many ways, it turned the person’s struggles into something more melodramatic than they needed to be.
Overall, I would highly recommend seeing this movie to anyone interested in the more social aspects of dyslexia. I saw it takes to Amazon’s rental virtual movie program, but it is available on DVD, and might be available through Netflix in the near future.