ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Aphasia - Aphasia in the Movies

ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Aphasia - Aphasia in the Movies image
Due to the fact that it is Aphasia Awareness Month, I feel the need to also post films and documentaries that relate to aphasia. There are not as many films featuring people who have aphasia as there are films featuring people who have autism but here is the list of films I have found below.

ABCs 4 SLPs Movies Featuring Aphasia

Movies Featuring a Person Who Has Aphasia/Character Who Has Aphasia:

After Words (2003)

After Words

This documentary was co-created by Jerome Kaplan (speech-language pathologist) and Vincent Straggas. It shows the communication/daily living struggles for people with aphasia and the people in each persons' community but also the joy and improvement in their lives since aphasia.

Aphasia: The Movie (2010)

Aphasia: The Movie

This film is about actor Carl Mcintyre and his recovery after his stroke. He was diagnosed with aphasia following his stroke which impacted his ability to communicate. However, Carl is now a motivational speaker and maintains a positive attitude about aphasia. This film is usually played following a presentation/Q&A session about aphasia.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007; PG-13)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

This film is based on a book written by Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffered a stroke and as a result was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome. Being paralyzed except his left eye, a speech-language pathologist finds a way for him to communicate and he is able to write his novel.

It's Still Me! (2009)

It's Still Me!

This short film is a guide for people with aphasia as well as others in their lives to help them learn how to communicate more effectively with aphasia. It gives facts about aphasia, discusses how it feels to have aphasia, and gives strategies to help people with aphasia communicate. This film is available in both English and Spanish. There are many illustrations and animations in the film as well.

Picturing Aphasia (2006)

Picturing Aphasia

This film is about multiple people who have aphasia and their stories. While they are telling their stories, the stories are shown as drawings which "were designed to help bridge the gap between hearing, seeing, and comprehending. The images are to act as an aid in the understanding of spoken language" (Martha Taoylor Sarno -

A Stroke of Genius (2007)

A Stroke of Genius

This film is about stroke survivor Dan Mountain. The film details Dan's life before the stroke and afterwards. Music from the film was written prior by Dan Mountain and Marc Black. This film is often shown as part of a presentation/Q&A session about aphasia.

Please feel free to let me know if there are any films that I have missed. I am always looking for new films to watch and new information!


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