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Through Deaf Eyes

2007

TV-G
4.8 out of 5 stars (53) IMDb 8.2/10

Explore 200 years of deaf life in America - a story of conflicts, prejudice and affirmation that reaches the heart of what it means to be human. Stockard Channing narrates.

Starring:
Linda Gabriel, Stockard Channing
Runtime:
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Diane Garey, Lawrence R. Hott
Starring Linda Gabriel, Stockard Channing
Supporting actors Ed Chevy, Rita Corey, d'Artagnan, Bob Hiltermann, CJ Jones, Steve Longo
Studio PBS
MPAA rating TV-G
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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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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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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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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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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!
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