The R-Word is a film about the word ‘retarded.’ The term ‘mental retardation’ was used during the second half of the 20th century as a clinical description for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Like its predecessors, idiot, moron, and imbecile, the word ‘retarded’ soon became a euphemism for ‘stupid’ and ‘foolish.’ Though there has been a shift in the clinical terminology used for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the pejorative use of the word retard(ed) is still alive and well. The inappropriate use of the r-word, as a derogatory slang term used to put people down, continues to marginalize and dehumanize an entire population of people and their families and friends. Films have been made about individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and even their specific disability. No one has made a film about the r-word… until now.