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In Recognition of Deaf Awareness Week - ASL Film "Through Deaf Eyes" to Be Screened Sept. 26

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Published: 2017-09-21 00:00:01.000

In celebration of Deaf Awareness Week, join us and see "Through Deaf Eyes." The film will be shown on Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. on the Rockville campus in Science Center 459.

"Through Deaf Eyes" is a two-hour HDTV documentary for PBS exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf Life in America. The 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. Bringing a Deaf cinematic lens to the film are six artistic works by Deaf media artists and filmmakers. Poignant, sometimes humorous, these films draw on the media artists' own lives and are woven throughout the documentary. But the core of the film remains the larger story of Deaf life in America-a story of conflicts, prejudice and affirmation that reaches the heart of what it means to be human.

"Through Deaf Eyes" does not approach the topic of deaf history from the perspective of sentimentally or overcoming, nor does it deny the physical reality of being deaf. The documentary takes a straight-forward 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. (Source: pbs.org)

This presentation meets the multicultural and diversity professional development requirement. For more information and/or disability accommodations, please contact the Department of World Languages and Philosophy in Rockville at 240.567.5393.

Related Media

  1. ASL FALL 2017 FILM POSTER.pdf
  2. deafeyesr.jpg


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