Despite being born deaf, Signmark, real name Marko Vuoriheimo, has successfully carved out a career for himself as a rap artist. He performs "bilingually" - meaning he uses sign-language for the deaf audience while his collaborator, Brandon, a hearing rap artist, sings for the hearing audience.
Signmark, who comes from Finland, has built up a worldwide following and he wants people to think carefully about how they view deaf people: do they have a disability or are they more accurately described as belonging to a linguistic minority? While making his first album, Signmark discovered the dark history of the treatment of deaf people in Finland in the twentieth century - all in the name of eugenics.
I shot this short film at Minnesota University.
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