How is silence inherited?
On Christmas 1949, four years after the end of the Second World War, the body of Carole’s grandfather is found in a Normandy river. His death is never explained. No one ever talks about him again.
Sixty-five years later, she finds out that she carries the gene responsible for her three-year old son’s rare disorder, which means he will never speak. She is also told that her father has passed it to her. Her son’s speechlessness is the result of their inheritance.
Dumb is the account of how these shattering revelations make her confront, not just the suspected foul play surrounding her grandfather’s death, but all the silences in her family.
While its roots push into the dirt of family history, Dumb is ultimately about a woman finding her voice through claiming her identity and being an advocate for her son, thereby breaking generations of silence.