As a writer and someone who spends most of waking life cocooned in words, I find the notion of aphasia, the diminished ability to process language usually brought on by stroke or brain injury, incomprehensible, terrifying, and fascinating. Hence the great value of Vincent Stragas documentary "After Words," made with Boston area medical professionals and featuring interviews with such experts as Oliver Sacks and Jerome Kaplan. It also focuses on the lives of local people with the disability who have struggled with it and managed to live rewarding and productive lives. See it this afternoon at 1 pm at the Brattle Theatre when it will be followed by a discussion with the producers, the directors, and some of those who appear in the film.
And yes, this is ridiculously late notice but it is a very important and illuminating event; fortunately if you miss it you can still catch the film on public television stations. Find where it will broadcast in your area here.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | 1 pm | $25; $50 patron (preferred seating);$75 (VIP -preferred seating and free admission for a person with aphasia) | 617-876-6837