The Resource A life without words

A life without words

Label
A life without words
Title
A life without words
Contributor
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
What would life be like without language? For too many deaf people raised in rural outposts, access to a sign-language community is denied and they are condemned to a life without words. Such injustice deserves our attention and is explored with care in this haunting story of two deaf siblings, Dulce Maria (28) and Francisco (22), who have been raised their entire lives without access to any written, spoken, or signed language on a farm in northern Nicaragua. They are visited by a deaf sign-language teacher who works for a local NGO and is determined to teach the siblings their first words. As the two begin their awakening to language, their resistance is clear, but so is their marvel at the teacher and this process. Their stories are interwoven with the economic and familial history of their family. As we enter their isolated world, uncomfortable questions arise about education, psychology, language, ethics, class, and NGO work. With an unsettling mix of tragedy and hope, this moving work avoids hard and fast answers to the challenging questions it poses. "The film, flowing with sublime images, is as poignant as it is captivating. We follow the awakening of Dulce Maria and Francisco with our heart hurting and a tight smile on our lips. Their "lives without words" reveal more than thousands of books. Not to be missed for anything. La Dépêche du midi" a masterpiece of aesthetic images and a plea for language as a fundamental human right." DOK. fest Munich" a film of beautiful images and deep pain. It delves into the world of rural Latin America with a view that is neither anthropological nor paternalistic." El Otro Cine" It makes you think about how extraordinary it is to have language. It's beautifully done." Faye Ginsburg, anthropologist. Filmmaker: Adam Isenberg. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards: Winner, Margaret Mead Filmmakers Award, Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, 2012Winner, Prix Documentaire, Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse, France, 2012. Winner, Prix Lycéen, Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse, France, 2012. Special Mention - Emerging International Filmmaker, Open City London Documentary Film Festival, U. K. , 2012. Havana Film Festival, Cuba, 2012 DOK. fest International Documentary Film Festival, Germany, 2012Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey, 2012. Douarnenez Film Festival, France, 2012. Beeld voor Beeld Film Festival, Netherlands, 2012
Cataloging source
UtOrBLW
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 2011
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Isenburg, Adam
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
74
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Deaf
  • Sign language
  • Documentary films
Technique
live action
Label
A life without words
Link
http://austinpl.kanopystreaming.com/node/96774
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1096773
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 71 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1096773
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)900275556
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
A life without words
Link
http://austinpl.kanopystreaming.com/node/96774
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1096773
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 71 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1096773
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)900275556
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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