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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. Since some others have indicated otherwise, I wanted to mention that most TV's will not support Closed Captions if your connection is via Component Cable inputs and the DVD player is set to Progressive Scan mode. Some will show Closed Captions if the scan is set to Interlace rather than Progressive, so give that a try if you have problems with Closed Caption DVD's. In addition, if you are using an HDMI cable Closed Captions will not work at all, as Closed Captioning is not supported by the HDMI standard. If you are using an HDMI cable with a HDTV, you may be able to get Closed Captioning (typically older movies or programs) to work if you add a second input from the DVD player that is a Component Cable, then set the player to Interlace, rather than Progressive Scan. This is what I do and it works for those few programs that are CC only. It is helpful to know that Subtitles and Closed Captions are technically implemented in two entirely different ways and it is important to make the distinction between them. There may have been an earlier release of the DVD that did not have either, but newer copies definitely have both Subtitles and Closed Captioning, which is great because this is a super documentary. I am a recently deaf and learned much from this program.
This video is very informative and entertaining. It gives an overview of Deaf history, talks briefly about Deaf Culture, and discusses the Cochlear Implant vs. Hearing Aid debate in a non-biased way. There is also a great deal of information about the Deaf President Now movement. Several well-known people from the Deaf community are shown, discussing various issues, including Marlee Matlin, I. King Jordan, and C. J. Jones.
This is a good video for students who are just entering the world of sign language and Deaf culture.
This movie is rivetingly poignant in portraying life as lived through the life of someone who is deaf. Deaf people just can not hear; they are not less intelligent than anyone else. Amazing movie! I never met a deaf individual until I was in my 50's. We need to be made more aware, or make ourselves be aware of our world around us. I mean, these individuals are right here in society; how come I never met any deaf people before...? Informative!
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2013
This film is about respect. Learning to respect Deaf Culture as well as the amazing people that are a part of it. The film takes a journey through deaf history, culture and the struggles this community has faced. I purchased it because I am working on my certification to become an interpreter. I truly have gained new respect for the deaf community and feel those of us who are hearing owe them a huge apology!
Excellent overall view of Deaf culture, history, and varying situations. This is great for people who are not familiar with the world of Deafies. Every single topic covered is a general overview - there is much, much greater depth to everything. However, if you want to get a broad understanding of [mostly American] history of deaf individuals, communication, and lifestyles, this is a great film.
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2014
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. It was funny at points and it made me cry. I had no idea of the struggles Deaf people had to endure from the 1800s well into the 1980s and still today. If you are interested in Deaf culture, I recommend this movie.