Having watched a number of Docurama documentaries I found this one to be one of its best. When watching it you go back and forth from being positive about cochlear implants to being against them. This film highlights the dilemma that two families face when deciding whether or not to have implants for their children. These families are related by two brothers. Some of the family members are totally deaf and some have normal hearing. The film is aptly named “Sound and Fury.” There is definitely a lot of Sound but there is a lot more Fury as family members argue about the pros and cons of cochlear implants for their children.
There are two reasons I didn’t give this documentary five stars. First of all the film is dated, having been made in 2000 and filmed primarily in 1998, over twenty years ago. I’m sure that cochlear implants have improved dramatically since then. I speak from some experience when it comes to technical advances related to one of the five senses, in my case, eyes. I have wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Twenty years ago there were no viable medical procedures available for treating AMD. Today it is entirely different. In 2015 I was declared legally blind but every four months I get eye injections of drugs like Avastin, Lucentis, and Eylea. These drugs have saved my vision, for now at least. Instead of being legally blind (20/200) my vision is now about 20/30.
Also, I couldn’t believe this documentary was released with NO subtitles. I have hundreds of DVDs and they all give you the option to use subtitles if you wish. Docurama documentaries do NOT have subtitles available. They should and especially this one, “Sound and Fury.”
So watch this film but remember that it is 20 years old. If you are considering a cochlear implant do your own research.