My name is Melissa Bronsart, I am a 29 year old PWS living in Paris, France. My stutter used to be quite strong when I was a child, and in my teenage years. Thanks to speech therapy, group sessions and mostly acceptance, I managed to come to terms with it. Today, even though it is scarce, I am not ashamed anymore. I got into documentary film making and felt the duty to share about stuttering thought my work as well.
This is a short clip of the documentary The Eloquence of Stuttering in which, Line, one of the candidates, delivers her speech on “Is being different a chance?”
This eloquence contest was created in Paris in 2019. Its purpose is to prove that eloquence and stuttering are compatible, and that people who stutter do have things to say. By leaving their fear behind, they are able to access a new-found joy of speaking and to show that stuttering is not an obstacle to their personal fulfillment. The important thing is the message we want to convey, not the perfection of fluency.
Moreover, renewing the power of speech enables them to find resilience. To see stuttering as a driving force, instead of a weakness.
Taking part in this contest has shown me the beauty of diversity and how refreshing it could be to finally embrace your identity, even when it is said to be abnormal according to societal norms.
The whole film, which I directed, is 1 hour long. Let me know if you would be interested in watching it!
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