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Montreal Families

Award-winning documentary puts spotlight on stuttering

Filmmaker and director John Gomez (pictured right) is bringing his award-winning documentary When I Stutter to Montreal on March 8. The 2017 documentary follows 19 people over the course of four and a half years as they share their stories about the emotional impact stuttering has had on their lives. It brings insight and humanity to an often misunderstood and under-represented communication disorder.

The film has won seven awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the Lisbon International Film Festival, the Supporter of People with Fluency Disorders Award from the International Fluency Association and the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, among others. The documentary has been screened at several international festivals, conventions and educational institutions.

Gomez, who is also a speech pathologist and has a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders, will be flying in from Los Angeles to present his film and answer questions. This is his first feature film.

The documentary is in English and will be screened with French subtitles; however, the Q&A session will be in English only.

The event will take place at the Pavillon Sciences de la Gestion, 315 Ste. Catherine St. E., in room R-M510 at the Université du Québec à Montréal. It will begin at 7 p.m. and questions will follow just after 8 p.m. It is free for members of the Association des bègues du Canada. Non-members can register for the event online for $5 or pay $10 at the door.

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