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on February 19, 2014
It's a good movie and shows some good points and also old time views about deafness.
Some good points were:
->the audiologist correcting the grandfathers' mindset: "No, you have an incredibly intelligent grandson who's profoundly deaf."
->"I try not to speak around you. I'm doing this for you. But English is my first language. We didn't grow up the same way. You need to accept me for who I am not try to change me."
-->Believing in yourself.
-->The grandfather learning how to SIGN his last words to his grandson.
--> Despite all obstacles, succeeding in life.
Some old time views (but were in compliance with the time of the movie):
--> using the term "Deaf and dumb"
--> When the grandfather forced the son to look at him by turning his chin.
--> Hearing family being controlling of the deaf person and violating privacy (such as opening letters)
**When signed scenes appeared in the movie, subtitles for the hearing were incredibly small and unreadable. You must pause it to read if you didn't catch/or don't understand ASL. Ironically in the special features, the whole thing had subtitles instead of closed captioning. They were also small, yellow and incredibly hard to read. You would think a deaf movie would have closed captioning on their special features for the deaf (and for the hearing in the signed parts)!!!!!!!!***
Overall this movie will give you an understanding of what it's like to be deaf, the deaf views, and hearing views. Also it will give you an understanding of what it's like to be mainstreamed in a hearing world all your life and then the awing experience of entering a deaf world like you, and being able to know what everyone is saying but at the same time feeling lousy in your signing because of your mainstreamed background.