HBO airs their newest documentary tonight, but it was weeks earlier when the city of Atlanta was able to check The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Directed by James Redford, son of Robert Redford, the documentary is a personal and touching (and even sometimes humorous) look at the reading disorder.
Spotlighting a cross-section of individuals, including Redford’s own son, Dylan, and featuring interviews with notable dyslexics such as investment pioneer Charles Schwab, business magnate Richard Branson, high-profile lawyer David Boies, and Cal. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the film reveals how an individual’s unique strategies for coping can help lead to success in life.
Redford commented saying that he hopes the documentary will help to promote “a broader and better understanding of dyslexia and will help make the world a better place” for those afflicted. There remains an incredible amount of work to be done in dispelling the myths surrounding the disorder, even though the study and treatment of dyslexia has become more widespread.
Up to 20% of students are dyslexic, and many of them pass through school without realizing they are affected by the disorder. They’re misunderstood and unable to perform up to their potential. The goal of the film according to the producers is to help educate individuals who have the disorder or know someone with it.
The exclusive HBO documentary The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia will debut on tonight at 7:00 pm ET. For more information please visit Facebook.com/HBODocs.
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