To our fellow members of the dyslexia community, have you heard the good news yet? If not, well, you better do not miss it!
Ann Hu, a Chinese-born writer and producer, is set to release her newest film titled, 'Confetti.' This movie tells the story of a Chinese mother and her dyslexic daughter who moved together in New York City to find the right help that could make her daughter "normal."
What makes this movie interesting is it sheds light on the real-life problem faced by many Chinese parents. In case you don't know, there are reportedly many cases of dyslexia in China. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to seek help. One main reason is, in mainland China, many people do not actually know what dyslexia is. While dyslexia has been highly studied in Western countries, it has not gained traction in the mainland, which explains why there is still a low level of awareness among Chinese people and little to no support for dyslexic learners.
Up to this day, many people do not entirely understand what it feels like to live with dyslexia, especially in Asia. Though there were already some filmmakers who bravely tackled this learning difference, such as Aamir Khan's Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) and Yewweng Ho's Mical, more eye-opening films are still needed to educate society about what dyslexia really is and to stop the stigma that dyslexic people are "dumb."
In the trailer of 'Confetti,' Meimei, the 9-year-old dyslexic daughter, is seen confused as to why she differed from her classmates in the classroom when they were still in China, making her look less confident. It also showed her mother, who was broken by the news that the school could not provide the right help her daughter needs, pushing her to decide to take a job in New York and bring her daughter with her.
This film highlights the desperation of parents to give their children a good life, as seen from the scene where the mother is asking one of the staff from Meimei's school in New York as to why her daughter can't become normal. This shows that even in the U.S., where more studies about dyslexia are being conducted and more resources are available, dyslexic children and their parents still face hardships.
'Confetti' delivers a strong message to people that dyslexic individuals are still capable of doing great things and achieving success despite how their brains are wired differently. It teaches us to embrace our own uniqueness and trust the special gifts that each of us has.
If you or someone from your loved ones has dyslexia, watch this film with them and let them know that they are appreciated no matter what.
Confetti will be released in the U.S. theaters this coming August 20. You can watch the trailer here.
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Jess Arce is a homeschool mom of four, a tutor for children & adults who struggle with Dyslexia & Dysgraphia and an all around entrepreneur. She is passionate about helping others understand dyslexia.