On Friday, Disney debuted its long-awaited film adaptation of the novel Out of My Mind about a nonverbal sixth grader who has cerebral palsy and a bright and beautiful mind.
The film was directed by Amber Sealey, written by Daniel Stiepleman, and stars Phoebe-Rae Taylor in her screen debut, Rosemarie DeWitt, Luke Kirby, and Judith Light.
Out of My Mind is the story of Melody Brooks, a vibrant sixth grader who has cerebral palsy, which means she must navigate the world around her with the help of a wheelchair. Melody’s mind is bright and brilliant, but not everyone knows that, as Melody is also nonverbal.
Melody has “a quick wit and a sharp mind,” according to a news release by Disney+. She’s very intelligent, but because she uses a wheelchair and is nonverbal, the young girl is “not given the same academic opportunities as her classmates.”
But Melody has a young educator who notices her potential and encourages her to step into the mainstream educational system. Both Melody and Katherine know the path can lead to even greater successes for Melody–but those successes won’t come without challenges as well.
Out of My Mind debuted on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, and the message within the film is just as beautiful as the story and the people who are in it. As Melody navigates daily challenges within the education system, as well as outside the system, the young girl learns a little about herself while teaching those around her as well.
All in all, the beautiful message of Disney’s Out of My Mind is one that’s good for everyone to learn: what a person has to say is far more important than the methods by which they say it.