As part of Deaf Awareness Week, we present a double bill celebrating the Deaf community.
Inspired by real life events, The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl who lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. An insightful short story, inspired by real life events, which observes the avoidable struggles that deaf children face. Winner of Best Live Action Short Film at the 2018 Oscars
Directed by: Chris Overton (2017, 20 mins)
Starring: Rachel Shenton, Maisie Sly, Rachel Fielding, Philip York, Anna Barry, Sam Rees, Annie Cusselle
Power in Our Hands is a ground-breaking documentary – containing newly digitised archive footage available to the public for the first time – on the Deaf community’s fight for civil rights and principally, the right to be heard. Combining social history and archive film with contemporary interviews, Power in Our Hands explores the secret history and heritage of the Deaf community in the UK and gives people a glimpse into Deaf culture that is mostly hidden from the hearing world.
Directed by: Angela Spielsinger (2015, 75 mins)
The evening will be fully inclusive for the deaf and hard of hearing. The Silent Child is subtitled and Power in Our Hands has BSL signing and subtitles throughout. If you have any questions about access or suitability please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a synopsis of the films in British Sign Language below: