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Through Deaf Eyes Documentary Discussion Guide
The documentary Through Deaf Eyes 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. The history often shows that intersections between deaf and Deaf people are many and that oppression and discrimination are common experiences.
This guide accompanies the film and supports facilitators as they engage community members, students, and others interested in the documentary in dialogue about the issues highlighted in Through Deaf Eyes.
The guide is courtesy of WETA – Washington, D.C.
You may download PDF version of the discussion guide.
Note for Educators: Teachers can use these questions as a springboard for discussions about Deaf life in America.
Educational Resources Life and Deaf: Language and the Myth of Balance in Public History Jean Lindquist Bergey Sign Language Studies, Volume 8, Number 4, published Summer 2008 by Gallaudet University Press. Used with permission. Abstract This article chronicles the protest to draft plans for an...
Resource Type: Learning Materials
Before convening a group, view the documentary in its entirety. Become familiar with this guide, which provides discussion questions, tips on negotiating controversial issues, and supplemental information and resources to further discussion. The film is two hours in length. Decide whether participants should watch the...
Resource Type: History
The discussion framework depends on the group. You might first invite participants to provide immediate feedback on what they have viewed. Questions to prompt this discussion include: What did you think of the film? What stood out for you? What did you learn about Deaf...
Access to Through Deaf Eyes cannot be an afterthought. Be mindful of your audience's needs. Consider the following access issues as you organize your event: Is the space you plan to use accessible to all audiences? Will you need to hire qualified* American Sign Language...
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