Through deaf eyes

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Summary

  • Exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America, this film presents the shared experiences of American history--family life, education, work, and community connections--from the perspective of deaf citizens. Interviews include community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on language use, technology, and identity. The documentary also takes a straightforward look at life for people who are part of the cultural-linguistic group who use American Sign Language and often define themselves as "Deaf" with a capital and cultural "D" and deaf people who, for a variety of reasons, do not identify with the Deaf cultural community. The history often shows that intersections between deaf and Deaf people are many and that oppression and discrimination are common experiences.

Notes

  • Inspired by the "History Through Deaf Eyes" exhibition [developed by Gallaudet University in 2001] created by Jack R. Gannon [curator].
  • DVD; region 1; NTSC; widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16x9 televisions; stereo.
  • In English with optional English audio description for the visually impaired and optional English subtitles; closed-captioned.

Contents

  • Special features: Short films by Deaf filmmakers: Vital signs / a Mösdeux production ; created, shot, and cut by Wayne Betts, Jr. ; produced by Chad W. Taylor [2006] (5 min.) -- Listen (an excerpt) / director, producer, editor, Kimby Caplan (2004) (3 min.) -- Destination : Eyeth / EyethFilms ; written and directed by Arthur Luhn (2000) (3 min.) -- Equilibrium / directed by Adrean Mangiardi (2005) (4 min.) -- That's my marshmallow / written, directed and edited by Tracey Salaway [2006] (6 min.) -- Audism / Rene Visco [2006] (5 min.) ; Through Deaf Eyes: Behind the scenes (2007, 14 min.) ; Interview with filmmaker Lawrence Hott (11 min.) ; Historic films: "Deaf mute girl reciting the 'Star spangled banner'" (1902, Gallaudet University Archives) -- "Preservation of the sign language" (1913, National Association For the Deaf film) -- "The Reverend Fletcher Dixie Home for the Deaf" (ca. 1935, Gallaudet University Archives) -- excerpt from "Beyond silence" (1962, Gallaudet University Archives) (21 min.)
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