A two-hour documentary on the history of and conflicts in the deaf community in America
Covering 200 years of the history of deaf culture in the United States, this documentary is full of surprising facts and little-known controversies about deafness. The central focus is on the civil rights of Americans who cannot hear, and the program gives voice to a divers culture that argues about educational strategies and the ramifications of technological advances designed for the deaf. As it probes public attitudes and prejudices, the program draws on inventive and often witty techniques, showcasing a deaf comedian, films by deaf filmmakers and a rock band of deaf musicians. This is an outstanding example of how television can teach and inspire as it chronicles the evolution of deaf people in the U.S. from isolation to community and their empowerment as a political force.
Lawrence Hott, Diane Garey, producers; Ken Chowder, writer; Stockard Channing, narrator; Diane Garey, editor; Alen Moore, Michael Chin, Stephen McCarthy, cinematographers; Amit Sethi, animation and graphics; Judy Hyman, Jeff Claus, music; Jean Bergey, project director, Galaudet University; Karen Kenton, Dalton Delan, executive producers; Sharon Rockefeller, president, WETA.