From recent Backyard director signing, Julia Ngeow, the remarkable UNSPOKEN is currently screening as part of Slamdance’s new Unstoppable program which showcases 22 short films from up-and-coming filmmakers that either feature actors with disabilities or highlights the conversation around disabilities.

14-year-old Emma Zurcher-Long sees and hears the world, as she put it, in ‘Hi-res, technicolor and surround sound’. While it may not always be easy for people to understand where Emma is coming from, it has become her mission to teach the world how potent, powerful and dynamic the life of an autistic teenager actually is.

To achieve this Emma uses the keyboard to strengthen her communication with others. Applying her insightful writing as a catalyst and remedy to the fear and misunderstanding surrounding autism, Emma presents UNSPOKEN as a collaborative self-portrait. Her quest to enrich our understanding of what it means to be human takes Emma to conferences and schools across North America, where she shares a message of hope, love and acceptance.

As a chronicle of a teenager coming into her own, and as a work advocating for the rights of all peoples, UNSPOKEN is a lesson on, and celebration of, living an authentic life.

This is Emma’s debut as co-director.

We’re keeping the full film private for now, as it’s still doing festival rounds, and about to go into private distribution for schools; after years of working independently on Unspoken Documentary, it’s now available across North America for Educational Distribution through The Video Project!! This film is a must have for all schools as it shares the beauty of diversity, the importance of humanity and self advocacy. Please share with your local educators, schools, colleges, universities and organizations as we aim to help create lasting change with this film!

It can also be viewed as part of Slamdance ’21,  along with 100++ other films from filmmakers with different physical abilities and neurodiversities.