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Movie Guides: ASL & Deaf Culture Films

Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only; video viewing stations are located on the second floor. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the second floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.

Video Titles

DVD A to Z, ABC Stories in ASL --- MEDIA HV2474 .A869 2010
In this DVD, six gifted performers use imagination and skill to create a visual feast. At once delightful, humorous, inspiring and simply amazing, this collection of [short] stories is sure to entertain. In the bonus features, Ben Bahan, Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University provides a detailed explanation of the four basic principles for creating an ABC story. This DVD is a valuable resource for storytellers, teachers, and students, and enjoyable for anyone who delights in American Sign Language stories.

DVD ASL Poetry: Selected Works of Clayton Valli --- MEDIA HV2474 .V35 1995
Twenty-one of Valli's poems are signed using a wide variety of styles. Kuntze guides the viewer through the poems' meanings and gives insight on the fairly new medium of poetry written in American Sign Language.

DVD Audism Unveiled --- MEDIA HV2395 .A84 2008
Uses real-life experiences from deaf people of varied social, racial, and educational backgrounds showing how discrimination against deaf people, or audism, does lasting and harmful damage.

DVD Children of a Lesser God --- MEDIA PN1997 .C55 2000
A love story about John Leeds, an idealistic special education teacher, and a headstrong deaf girl named Sarah. At first, Leeds sees Sarah as a teaching challenge. But soon their relationship blossoms into a love so passionate it shatters the barrier of silence that keeps them apart.

DVD Deaf Jam --- MEDIA HV2391 .D43 2014
Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a spoken-word slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.

DVD Deaf Mosaic: Deaf President Now --- MEDIA HV2561.W18 G35 2010
In this segment of Deaf Mosaic, the events leading up to the appointment of Gallaudet University's first deaf president are recounted.

DVD Emergency Medical Words & Sentences in American Sign Language --- MEDIA HV2474 .E43 2012
Vital vocabulary groups include actions, everyday words, feelings, places, professionals & staff, recreation and relationships. All of which are being used among deaf/ hard-of-hearing individuals in all kinds of medical and emergency related situations.

DVD From Silence to Sound --- MEDIA RF305 .S68 2007
Director Chase Matthews offers this moving documentary about Justin Garrett, a completely deaf young man who, in 2006, agreed to undergo radical cochlear implant surgery that could possibly make him hear for the first time. Matthews follows Justin as he prepares for, submits to and recovers from the high-stakes surgery. Success will reverse Justin's condition, but failure will irrevocably destine him to a lifetime of total silence.

DVD Gerald --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G43 2010
This film traces the journey of a young man, Corey, who yearns for kinship. He discovers he has a deaf, autistic grandfather he has never met. Determined to make a connection with his grandfather, Corey uncovers family ties and secrets in a dramatic chain of events. These events entwine Corey with the unknown.

DVD Gesture Performance --- MEDIA HV2508 .G478 2007
Deaf youth talk about some of the painful experiences they had as Russian children in an environment where they were ostracized and not understood.

DVD A Handmade Treasury of Deaf Folktales --- MEDIA HV2476.4 .H36 2006
The heart and soul of deaf culture is passed from generation to generation through sign language folktales, stories, jokes, puns, and other forms of cultural expression. These tales are weaved into a performance, in which the audience will gain insight into the deaf experience and the ways in which deaf people view the world around them.

DVD The Hammer --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .H366 2011
Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. But through sheer determination, he uses his 'perceived' disability as an asset, and becomes not only the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship, but an inspirational force to both hearing and deaf alike.

DVD Hear and Now --- MEDIA HV2534.A3 B76 2009
The daughter of 65-year-old deaf couple Paul and Sally Taylor documents their decision to receive cochlear ear implants that may allow them to hear for the very first time. Although entirely capable and successful without the surgery - Paul as a developer of early deaf-assistive technology, Sally as a strongly communicative and gifted lip reader - the surgery is expected to be life-changing. In the first half of the film the filmmaker, her siblings, and their parents discuss their childhood memories of life with hearing impairment. The second half of the film includes the surgery itself and the aftermath, as Paul and Sally recover, work through health and emotional complications, and begin the discovery process.

DVD The Hearing World Around Me: What Is It Like, to Be a Deaf Person Among the Hearing? --- MEDIA HV2508 .H42 2003
Trix Bruce's stories are those of culture clash and connection, contact and confusion, and the many ways which language and identity can twist our perceptions of each other. You will enjoy her energetic style, witty delivery, poetic grace, and open-hearted honesty while you gain a realistic perspective of life as a deaf person among the hearing.

DVD The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox --- MEDIA HV2474 .H437 2009
This celebration of American Sign Language poetry traces its development and includes interviews with poets and clips of historic poetry performances.

DVD I See the Crowd Roar: The Story of William "Dummy" Hoy --- MEDIA GV865.H69 I74 2011
"This is the inspirational and true story of William "Dummy" Hoy. One of major league baseball's first deaf players, Hoy's life and baseball feats are chronicled from his youth through the closing of an amazing 18 year major league career. Learn of Hoy's many achievements on the field including being credited with the creation of "hand signals" still used in baseball today! The life of Dummy Hoy is something young and old can marvel at. As a deaf man, he was able to achieve things unthinkable in a time and place that had great prejudice towards people with disabilities. This story will truly inspire those with disabilities or even perceived handicaps, showing that indeed personal greatness and success in life can come in many forms, no matter the odds against you."

DVD Idioms & Phrases in American Sign Language --- MEDIA HV2476.4 .I35613 2009
Learn idioms and phrases in American Sign Language covering all facets of everyday life. Silent with written English phrase or idiom preceding the demonstration of the sign language equivalent. Includes sentence examples.

DVD In the Land of the Deaf = Le Pays des Sourds --- MEDIA HV2736 .I58 2009
A documentary that takes the viewer into the land of the deaf, a world of silence inhabited by an estimated 130 million people worldwide. The filmmaker portrays the difficulties and joys of being deaf, offering portraits of a charismatic sign language teacher, a woman forced into a mental ward as a teen, a young man who remembers the first horrifying experience of using a hearing aid, and a deaf couple's marriage. In French and French sign language with English subtitles.

DVD It's Everybody's Music. Volume Two --- MEDIA HV2503 .D612 2013
Music videos of popular songs, featuring deaf and hard-of- hearing performers expressing the song lyrics in American Sign Language.

DVD The Legend of the Mountain Man --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L434 2008
Legend of the Mountain Man, set in picturesque Montana, features a typical, dysfunctional family of five. The father, who has been at odds with his parents for many years, decides to send his three children to his parents' ranch for the summer. The children unexpectedly encounter a creature, one that has never been seen nor recorded in history books. Viewers accompany the children on a heartwarming journey as they navigate the family's past and try to reconcile some of the estranged family members.

DVD Lost and Sound --- MEDIA ML3920 .L85 2012
Examines the efforts of three people who are deaf or hearing impaired to realize their personal connections to music. A music journalist developed severe tinnitus and lost hearing in one ear and had to relearn how to listen to music. A young girl who lost her hearing to meningitis at the age of fourteen months develops the ability to play the cello and the piano. A young deaf woman achieves her ambition to dance. Reveals how the mind can circumvent seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Examines the efforts of three people who are deaf or hearing impaired to realize their personal connections to music. A music journalist developed severe tinnitus and lost hearing in one ear and had to relearn how to listen to music. A young girl who lost her hearing to meningitis at the age of fourteen months develops the ability to play the cello and the piano. A young deaf woman achieves her ambition to dance. Reveals how the mind can circumvent seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

DVD Making Noise in Silence: A Documentary Short --- MEDIA HV2561.C2 M34 2014
Explores the richness and complexities of deaf culture from the perspective of two Korean high school students who attend the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. Born and raised in South Korea, Jeongin Mun and Min Wook Cho have strong ties to their Korean heritage and learned Korean as their first language. However, what separates Jeongin and Min Wook from most children of immigrant families is that they are also deaf. When their families moved to the United States, their deafness automatically put them into an entirely separate cultural group with its own language, customs, and history.

DVD The Miracle Worker --- MEDIA PN1997 .M572 2001
A dramatization of the story about the struggle of a Boston teacher, Annie Sullivan, to communicate with and teach the deaf, blind, and mute child, Helen Keller.

DVD No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .N6 2015
When a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy to redefine what "being normal" means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself.

DVD The Patriotic Spirit: Patriotic Songs in ASL --- MEDIA HV2469.M8 P38 2007
The Patriotic Spirit contains familiar patriotic songs performed in American Sign Language. Includes slow motion study versions to aid learning.

DVD See What I'm Saying --- MEDIA HV2359 .S44 2011
A comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer, who are all well-known entertainers in the deaf community, are followed as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented entertainers overcome great challenges to celebrate success.

DVD Sign Language for Emergency Situations --- MEDIA HV2474 .S475 2010
If you work as a first responder, health care professional, educator, or may be in a position to help during an emergency, then this DVD is for you! Signing Families presents a trilingual DVD with a bonus mini chart to teach and facilitate communication during emergency or medical situations.

DVD Sound and Fury --- MEDIA HV2392.2 .S686 2001
Shows the Artinians, an extended family with deaf and hearing members across three generations. Together they confront a technological device that can help the deaf to hear but may also threaten deaf culture, and their bonds with each other.

DVD Sweet Nothing in My Ear --- MEDIA PN1992.77 .S944 2008
Dan Miller and his wife Laura only want what's best for their happy and healthy eight-year-old son Adam who's been deaf since age four. Laura, who is deaf, opposes the surgery, an implant. Dan, who is hearing, misses talking and listening to his son. This is a devoted family facing a moment of truth. Together or apart, Dan and Laura must make a life-altering decision on behalf of their son.

DVD Through Deaf Eyes --- MEDIA HV2530 .T47 2007
Exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America, this film presents the shared experiences of American history—family life, education, work, and community connections—from the perspective of deaf citizens. Interviews include community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on language use, technology, and identity. The documentary also takes a straightforward look at life for people who are part of the cultural-linguistic group who use American Sign Language and often define themselves as "Deaf" with a capital and cultural "D" and deaf people who, for a variety of reasons, do not identify with the Deaf cultural community. The history often shows that intersections between deaf and Deaf people are many and that oppression and discrimination are common experiences.

DVD Tomorrow Dad Will Still Be Deaf --- MEDIA HV2392.2 .T66 1997
This video is based on Bonnie Kraft's comedy stage routines for the deaf reflecting her life as a hearing child of deaf parents.

DVD Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie --- MEDIA ML419.G586 T68 2006
Opens the door to a world where sight, sound, and touch magically converge to elevate our everyday sensory experiences. With Evelyn Glennie, Grammy winning percussionist who is also deaf.

DVD The Tribe --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T75 2016
A deaf teenager enters a specialized boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organization—the tribe. His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe's hierarchy. In Ukranian and Russian sign language.

DVD Universal Signs --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .U55 2009
After the death of his fiancee's daughter while in his care, Andrew, a deaf artist, becomes a prisoner of his own mind.

DVD Una Vida Sin Palabras = A Life Without Words --- MEDIA HV2608 .V53 2013
In rural Nicaragua, Dulce Maria and her brother Francisco are deaf adults without any language—spoken, written, or signed—until Tomasa, a deaf sign-language teacher, arrives determined to teach them their first words.

DVD Voices from El-Sayed --- Classroom Collection
Documentary on the Bedouin town of El-Sayed, located in the Negev Desert of Israel. The town contains the largest percentage of deaf people in the world, in which a unique sign language has been developed, making it the most popular language in a rare society that accepts deafness as natural as life itself. El-Sayed is also an example of an "unrecognized village," neglected by the State and deprived of basic amenities such as electricity. The film focuses on Salim, father of the deaf little boy, Muhammad, who has come to the decision to dramatically change his son's fate via a cochlear implant operation. Salim's decision is evoking great conflict and threatening the village's tradition of coexistence between deaf and hearing. The film follows the one year long rehabilitation progress of Muhammad through the point of view of the deaf community of the village. The larger issue of discrimination against disabled people in a modern society is also brought to light by this film.

DVD William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Performed in American Sign Language and English --- MEDIA PR2837.A3 S43 2006
Shipwrecked off the coast of the mythical land of Illyria, a young woman named Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, each believe the other has drowned. Disguising herself as a boy, Viola takes the name Cesario and enters the service of Illyria's Duke Orsino. She is sent to woo the Countess Olivia on Orsino's behalf, but Olivia instead falls in love with Cesario, now love's unwilling messenger.

DVD The Words of Silence --- MEDIA HV2471 .W67 2005
Meet four extraordinary people who happen to be deaf; an award-winning actress, a percussionist, a flamenco dancer and a mime. These talented performers reveal the unique landscape of the deaf, where silence is made of colors, perceptions and vibrations. Sign language and exceptional visual sensitivity overcome the absence of sound.

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