Washington, D.C. : WETA-TV ; Alexandria, VA : Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2007.
viewing copy. 1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Narrated by Stockard Channing; dramatic readings, George Guidall, Claire Augusta Bergey
Senior advisor, Henry Lang ; contributing filmmakers, Wayne Betts, Jr., Kimby Caplan, Arthur Luhn, Adrean Mangiardi, Rene Visco, and Tracey Salaway ; project director for Gallaudet University, Jean Lindquist Bergey ; executive producers, Dalton Delan and Karen Kenton ; cinematography by Allen Moore, Michael Chin, Stephen McCarthy, John Baynard ; music by Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus
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.
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  (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  (6 min.) -- Audism / Rene Visco  (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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