Inspired by the "History through deaf eyes" exhibition created by Jack R. Gannon.
Originally produced as a documentary film for public television in 2007.
Special features: 6 short films by deaf filmmakers ("Vital signs" by Wayne Betts Jr., an excerpt from "Listen" by Kimby Caplan, "Destination : Eyeth" by Arthur Luhn, "Equilibrium" by Adrean Mangiardi, "That's my marshmallow" by Tracey Salaway, "Audism" by Rene Visco); making-of featurette (2007, 14 min.); interview with filmmaker Lawrence Hott (11 min.); 4 historic films ("Deaf mute girl reciting the 'Star spangled banner'" from 1902, "Preservation of the sign language" by George W. Veitz from 1913, "The Reverend Fletcher Dixie Home for the Deaf" ca. 1935, excerpt from "Beyond silence" from 1962).
"Enhanced for 16x9 televisions"--Container.
Cinematography: Allen Moore ... [et al.] ; music by Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus.
Narrated by Stockard Channing.
"Explores almost 200 years of Deaf life in America and presents a broad range of perspectives on what it means to be deaf. The film is propelled by the stories of people, both eminent and ordinary, and sheds lights on events that have shaped Deaf lives: the creation of schools for deaf students, the debate about American Sign Language, the campaign for a deaf-friendly telephone (the TTY), the fight for a deaf president at Gallaudet University, and some very loud rock and roll"--Container.
DVD, region 1; stereo.
In English, with optional English subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.