The Cleveland International Film Festival is the largest and most prestigious festival in the MidWest. April 9th will be the Premiere of the film Speechless.
Speechless examines sexual assault and recovery through power / powerlessness, empathy, communication, and gender stereotypes.
Desmond has a secret he cannot share with anyone. His grades are slipping, rumors are swirling and he feels powerless, especially when he sees his sister being hurt too. With the support of his father and a new friend, Desmond is able to tell his story of being sexually assaulted and end the cycle of abuse. Desmond regains his power when he uses his voice.
Speechless was written by Cleveland high school student Roxanne Lasker-Hall in response to the Scenarios USA REAL DEAL curriculum and writing contest. The film is directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight and Jennifer’s Body).