Film still from <em>In the Land of the Deaf</em>

Film still from In the Land of the Deaf

In the Land of the Deaf

  • Sat 27 Feb 2016
  • 4—5:40PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General $12
  • Concession $10 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Bookings essential
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rating: G

What is the world like for the thousands of people who live in silence?

Jean-Claude, Abou, Claire, Sophie and all the rest, who have been totally deaf since birth or since the early months of their lives, dream, think and communicate through signs. With them we set off to discover that distant land where seeing and touching are of such crucial importance. This film by Nicolas Philibert tells their story and gives us a glimpse of the world through their eyes.

Philibert uses sparse dialogue in creating an unsentimental, non-manipulative work which allows its subjects to communicate their feelings about the richness of life despite hearing problems.

This film focuses on the interrelationships between Deaf culture and language in France. Its overview encompasses a broad range of perspectives, contrasting the stories of a family who has been deaf and thriving for five generations with the story of a woman whose deafness was misunderstood, causing her to be confined for a time in an asylum for the insane. The documentary features hearing-impaired people of all ages and from all walks of life. 

The film is presented French Sign Language (FSL) and French, with English subtitles and closed captions.

FR, 1992, Colour, 99 min., G

 

Film still from <em>In the Land of the Deaf</em>

Film still from In the Land of the Deaf

Film still from <em>In the Land of the Deaf</em>

Film still from In the Land of the Deaf

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