Unspeakable

Unspeakable

Stuttering is as old as human speech. The biblical Moses stuttered. Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, King George VI and James Earl Jones were also afflicted with the disorder--yet it remains a medical enigma. Unspeakable examines the nature, history and treatment of a speech impediment that affects about 1% of the world’s population regardless of language, culture, class or ethnicity.

Throughout the ages there have been all sorts of explanations for what causes stuttering but attempts at curing it have been as frustrating as finding its cause. While stuttering inevitably causes emotional distress, which aggravates the disorder, there is no evidence that it is a personality disorder. Speech therapy for pre-schoolers who stutter can be quite effective but treatment for older children and adults is often frustrating and disappointing.

John Paskievich, the film's director, is a person who stutters. He also narrates and is an active participant in the film. His story and the stories of others in the film are poignant, funny, angry and courageous, providing eloquent testimony to what it means to live imprisoned in what the poet W.H. Auden called "the tower of stutter."

According to Paskievich, "the film is a call for liberation, not from stuttering, but from the ignorance and stigma that surround it."

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Credits
  • writer
    John Paskievich
  • director
    John Paskievich
  • editor
    Kenneth George Godwin
  • narrator
    John Paskievich
  • camera
    Daron Donahue
    Andrei Khabad
    Barry Lank
    Don Lowe
    Jeff McKay
    Brian Rougeau
    Branimir Ruzic
    Claude Savard
  • sound recordist
    Norman Dugas
    Pierre Fleurant
    Jay Garuk
    Jeff Henschel
    Warren Kay
    Jamie Kidd
    Mark Obradovich
    Carey Opper
    Marvin Polanski
    Geoff Price
    Ross Redfern
  • original music
    Norman Dugas
  • musician
    Norman Dugas
    Ron Halldorson
    Pat Wright
    Ken (Spider) Sinnaeve
    Christian Dugas
  • music recording
    Norman Dugas
  • narration recording
    Norman Dugas
  • sound editor
    Anita Lubosch
  • online editor
    Tony Wytinck
  • re-recording mixer
    Howard Rissin
  • research consultant
    Jaan Pill
  • archival research
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • camera assistant
    Chris Gower
  • production assistant
    Andrew Paskievich
  • production coordinator
    Monique Perron
    Rolande Petit
  • program administrator
    Cyndi Forcand
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • production supervisor
    Scott Collins
  • associate producer
    John Paskievich
  • producer
    Joe MacDonald
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
    Michael Scott
    Derek Mazur