BEYOND LAUGHTER & TEARS is the first-ever documentary to take an in-depth look at the challenges - and stories of hope - of people living with PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA).  PBA, a condition marked by uncontrollable bursts of laughing and/or crying in people with certain neurologic conditions or brain injuries affects an estimated 2 million people in the U.S.  While PBA is not a new condition, national awareness of PBA is low, with many patients unaware that they suffer from a treatable condition.

Co-directed by Doug Blush and Lisa Klein, the award-winning team behind Of Two Minds (2012) -- the documentary that put a human face to bipolar disorder -- BEYOND LAUGHTER & TEARS aims to shine a spotlight on PBA and the vast community it impacts, hopefully creating a greater awareness of PBA that may inspire people who suffer from this condition or their loved ones to seek help.

BEYOND LAUGHTER & TEARS features real-life stories of people coping with PBA, including patients, families and caregivers. Audiences will be able to follow their journey as they triumph and live life to its fullest despite the obstacles of the condition.

BEYOND LAUGHTER & TEARS is both an emotional and uplifting film about fate’s unexpected path and how these families support one another in an unsteady journey of both laughter and tears. 

We hope you'll join us on an exciting and touching journey across the U.S. to understand PBA and the people impacted by this condition.

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  • The Beyond Laughter & Tears: A Journey of Hope DVD, featuring multiple versions of the film and behind-the-scenes footage
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  • A discussion guide to help start a conversation about the film and PBA
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