5 Movies About the Struggles and Hidden Gems of Autism
- Wretches and Jabberers – This is a fun documentary that takes base all over the world. Starring two adults with Autism; Larry and Tracy, travel the globe sharing the story of Autism and the spectrum country to country. Using their own words and describing the travel experience from their point of view, Larry and Tracy gives the audience a look inside the spectrum from a fresh and unique way of storytelling amongst various exotic locations.
- Chocolate – a Thai film about a young girl with autism. Living in a society that doesn’t understand or accept her condition, Zen’s only real source of comfort is getting lost in the world of various martial arts films. After constantly mimicking the moves she sees on the television, she starts to develop a skill for real-word kickboxing. When her mother is kidnapped, Zen must go out into the world with her new skills and unique worldview and discover her independence through her developed strengths.
- Rain Man – After recently finding out about a three-million-dollar inheritance, A self-centered man Charlie heads to his home town of Cincinnati to meet with the sole beneficiary Raymond, the autistic-savant older brother that Charlie never knew he had. Appalled that Raymond is to receive his father’s entire legacy, Charlie tries to become Raymond’s guardian. When this fails, Charlie takes Raymond from the institution where he lives, hoping to use his brother as leverage to claim half the fortune. While on a trip to Vegas Charlies tries to use Raymond’s gift of incredible math with speeds as fast as a calculator to win in Vegas. This later causes Charlie to reassess his own values, or lack thereof.
- Joyful Noise – A heartfelt movie about music and family. The story follows the struggles of a small-town church choir barley staying afloat through financial struggles. The son of the choir leader is an autistic teenager named Walter who begins to find himself after he’s asked to play the keyboard. Initially a shy, introverted boy who doesn’t like disruptions to his routines, he learns to embrace his gift on the keyboard and find happiness in playing as he helps his family’s choir reach the national championships.
- Autism: The Musical – This documentary takes an optimistic approach to autism data by following five autistic children as they write and produce their very own full-length musical. The documentary shows each step over the course of an entire year and follows the kids and their imagination from an idea to the spotlight.