Through Deaf Eyes
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You're going to see glimpses and interviews on Deaf education, ASL, oralism, cochlear implants, racism, the DPN movement, technologies, Gallaudet University, notable people and many more. You'll also see mini-movies made by Deaf film-makers.
The Deaf community's reaction to this documentary is varied. Some thought it was great. Some thought that there was too much focus on oralism and therefore giving the wrong message. Some felt that this could have been done better. While I feel that this could have been done better, I also feel that this was a good start to allow outsiders to catch a small glimpse into the Deaf-World. I do hope that this will be made into a series.
So why four stars?
I have only two gripes with the production:
1) There seemed to be a large number of deaf/hard-of-hearing interviewed that used their voices while signing. Of course, it is their prerogative, but I'm afraid it unnecessarily reinforces the stereotype that a deaf/hard-of-hearing person must be able to speak in order to be deemed worthy to listen to. I know many deaf persons that have poor speaking ability and yet they are among the smartest people I've ever met. But, in the majority hearing culture, they are viewed as being inferior. (In "Through Deaf Eyes," deaf scholar Ben Bahan nicely explains that viewpoint and how he came to realize it.)
2) There seemed to be a lot of emphasis on cochlear implants (with a large part of the last 1/4 of "Through Deaf Eyes" focused on this issue). Yes, I know it is a relatively new topic and a relatively "hot issue" in the Deaf-World right now, but honestly... 10 years from now, there will be another new and worse "threat" to the Deaf-World: the eradication of the so-called "deaf gene." Cochlear implants don't make someone hearing; they still have a hearing loss. So, I felt like there was a bit too much on the cochlear implant issue.
All said, it is still a WONDERFUL INTRO to the Deaf-World, and American Deaf History. "Through Deaf Eyes" will serve as a springboard to explore the issues further.
Also, her noting that the latter part emphasis on Cochlear Implants was quantitatively speaking potentially misleading to the uninformed viewer. America in many cases believes and at the least hopes that technology and science will be the savior of everything, including deafness. They also love the latest, greatest attempts from this field. So, Cochlear Implants are the latest offering.
The plays were highlights for me of this well done effort. As others have pointed out, it is always so difficult to compress 200 years into 2 hours, but this is good attempt. Maybe its success will inspire more.
I wish the people who make the decisions on providing subtitles would stop being so miserly (stingy ,tight fisted ) and respect Deaf peoples rights to have equal access to all media !
This is a problem for every aspect of the life of a Deaf person and really disapoints me that it is a constant battle and it seems to be getting worse not better !
And as to the movie question ? Do i like or not like it , I would love to have the chance to find out !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful synopsis of past and present challenges, debates, legislation and presentation of different aspects of Deaf Culture. Good learning resource and even practice opportunity.Published 7 months ago by picky cat
Myself am a deaf woman. I studied in Deaf Studies at CSUN. The DVD taught me about various deaf's views. That interested in me.Published 11 months ago by Michiko Suzuki
This movie is rivetingly poignant in portraying life as lived through the life of someone who is deaf. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Veronica Penk
My comments are with regard to Subtitles and Closed Captions. The copy of the DVD I recently received (Oct 2014) definitely has BOTH Subtitles and Closed Captions. Read morePublished 18 months ago by alwayscurious
Excellent overall view of Deaf culture, history, and varying situations. This is great for people who are not familiar with the world of Deafies. Read morePublished 19 months ago by sunny
The complete journey about deafness from the First school in CT to present day,. Enlightening for sure.Published 19 months ago by Maureen T.
It's a very nice history. I was glad that I received this DVD because I am still learning about deaf culture.Published 22 months ago by Velvet
It is very long so my 10 year old was not able to finish it all but I just took a Deaf culture class and it covers everything.Published on May 22, 2014 by Rachel