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Through Deaf Eyes (2007)

Linda Gabriel , Stockard Channing , Diane Garey , Lawrence R. Hott  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Linda Gabriel, Stockard Channing, Ed Chevy, Rita Corey, d'Artagnan
  • Directors: Diane Garey, Lawrence R. Hott
  • Writers: Jack R. Gannon, Ken Chowder, Tracey Salaway
  • Producers: Lawrence R. Hott, Dalton Delan, Karen Kenton, Rebecca Rideout
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCY66I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Through Deaf Eyes" on IMDb

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Through Deaf Eyes explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. The film presents the experiences of American history from the perspective of deaf citizens. Interviews include actor Marlee Matlin, I. King Jordan, other community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on language use, technology and identity. Six artistic works by Deaf media artists are woven throughout the documentary that complement the core of the film.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good start of a look into the Deaf-World April 3, 2007
As a Deaf person, I thought that *Through Deaf Eyes* was a good start or a good step looking into the history of the American Deaf people. Of course, keep in mind that a 2 hour movie is impossible to cover over 200 years of the American Deaf history. So, what you're seeing here is just a glimpse.

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.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the mainstream audience April 24, 2007
By Chris
As a deaf person and an instructor of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture/History, I heartily recommend this as a nicely-done glimpse into the huge breadth of American Deaf History. All the highlights are here: Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc, Gallaudet College/University, A.G. Bell, Milan Conference, oralism, cochlear implants, etc.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 200 Year Visual Romp Through American Deaf May 17, 2007
Chris of Centerville's excellent review of this DVD has it pretty well nailed. It is good exposure to America of the deaf among us, and their history. It has great short films and characteristic brief snippets of deaf relating their life, their history, their frustrations, their triumphs (loved the Gallaudet president story).

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO SUBTITITLES!!! October 21, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
LIKE More than 50 percent of all movies i would like to see this one and more than half your Dvds(or any DVDS) on Deaf Community issues have no Subtitles! This is very frustrating for a Deaf Person from overseas ! I speak Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN) Not American Sign Language ! And Amazon and these movies or documentaries are marketed internationally ! But due to the lack of subtitles they discriminate in just the same way as when an American Deaf person wishes to watch a movie back home containing no ASL and no subtitles ! Please also remember closed captions on Dvds i have bought from Amazon dont work (there is a technology compatibility problem when we went from VHS to Digital Discs)

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 !

Thank you
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is Captions October 30, 2008
I just wanted to add a comment about the lack of Captions spoken of earlier. Its true that there is not an option on the disk to set for captions or subtitles, however I discovered that having the TV captions turned on through the TV set there are captions that will show up on the screen. I say this because it is a great programe,and if anyone from the deaf cummuinity did not want to buy it because of the lack of that feature need not worry because it does work. Other than that I just want to remark that I feel that it is a must see feature there is a lot to learn from it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a very nice history. I was glad that I received this ...
It's a very nice history. I was glad that I received this DVD because I am still learning about deaf culture.
Published 2 months ago by Velvet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video
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 4 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good insight
This is a good start to the Deaf Culture. Gives you a historical and culture look into the lives that is Deaf.
Published 4 months ago by Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars I livo it
I love it beautiful and well made. I use every day. I recommend to all to purchase it. It is Ideal for a gift present.
Published 5 months ago by Juan R. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
The box wasn't what I was expecting because it had a barcode sticker close the center of the picture. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ashley Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary
This is a great documentary on the history of deaf culture in America. I learned a lot about deaf education.
Published 6 months ago by Heather Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie made me laugh and cry
This movie was educational and inspirational. It discusses the history of sign language, oralism, and explains deaf culture and gives a history of why there is a deaf culture. Read more
Published 7 months ago by katmandu
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
I loved the film from start to end. I am studying ASL and while watching the movie there was so much I learned and was glad I got to see it on Amazon.
Published 7 months ago by Christopher R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look at another culture
This is a well-done documentary covering many aspects of deaf history and Deaf culture. There are a few short segments than seem cheesy, especially to hearing people, but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by KNimblett
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Deaf culture!
Wonderful entertainment while providing lots of historical information. I learned so much, and I can't wait to share it with my students.
Published 10 months ago by D. Catello
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