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National Deaf Life Museum
History Through Deaf Eyes
Gallaudet University created the “Deaf Eyes” project to bring deaf history to the public and expand understanding of U.S. history. The project is multi-faceted and includes the:
History Through Deaf Eyes documentary takes a straightforward look at life for people who are part of the cultural-linguistic group, 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.
While organizing events, organizers are expected to be mindful of certain things, such as real-time capturing, whether members of the audience will need amplification and to what degree, whether the audience will need audio description, and many other factors.
After watching the film, participants are expected to provide feedback on what they learned, their opinions, recommendations, and how the film reflects their life experiences.
Due to the film's duration, organizers are expected to view the documentary in full and decide whether participants should watch the film fully or in segments, and together or in groups. It is also essential that all participants share their opinions to ensure the film was impactful.
A selection of links to learn more about deaf life in the United States
Suggested Reading to learn more about deaf history and culture
Educational resources for the History Through Deaf Eyes exhibit at Gallaudet University.
History Through Deaf Eyes products.
A detailed look at the "Through Deaf Eyes" Documentary
Interviews include community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on language use, technology and identity. Bringing a Deaf cinematic lens to the film are six artistic works by Deaf media artists and filmmakers.
A list of all those who made the "Through Deaf Eyes" documentary possible.
Learn more about the filmmakers who created the "Through Deaf Eyes" documentary and learn more about their other films.
A list of cities where the History Through Deaf Eyes Exhibition visited and how many attended.
History Through Deaf Eyes screens in Birmingham, Alabama, hosted by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, in conjunction with the Alabama Association of the Deaf.
History Through Deaf Eyes screens in Hartford, Connecticut. Hosted by the American School for the Deaf at the Phoenix Home Life Insurance Building.
History Through Deaf Eyes screens in Iowa City, Iowa. Hosted at the University of Iowa.
History Through Deaf Eyes screens in Lexington, Kentucky. Hosted by the Kentucky School for the Deaf and the University of Kentucky at the University of Kentucky.
History Through Deaf Eyes screens in Tucson, Arizona. Hosted at the University of Arizona Union Gallery.
History Through Deaf Eyes screens in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the Smithsonian Institution at the Arts and Industries Building, in conjunction with the National Museum of American History.
The two-hour PBS documentary film is a production of WETA Washington, D.C. and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. in association with Gallaudet University. Major funding for the documentary was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, The Annenberg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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