SCREENING
WATERSHED CINEMA 3
16:00
£5.00
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2hr
Dir: Various

Following on from the success of last year’s Sign of The Times programme this year Encounters is introducing a new Deaf Shorts award. The films selected for this programme feature the representation of Deafness not as the main form of conflict but as part of a wider narrative. The filmmakers come from both Deaf and hearing backgrounds, however the end results present a unique representation of the Deaf community in the 21st Century. Programmed in partnership by Deaf filmmaker and artist, David Ellington, and Festival Director, Rich Warren, this programme will be introduced in BSL.

FILMS:

Swimming in the Desert

Dir: Alvaro Ron
USA 2017
17 mins
Fiction

In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce in the California High Desert, a ten year old deaf girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.

Hitch

Dirs: Sophie Hexter & Poppy Walker
Australia 2016
10 mins 37 secs
Fiction

A young, deaf boy wanders alone through a remote Australian landscape. A mysterious man pulls up in a ute to offer him a ride. Equal parts suspense and coming-of-age, HITCH explores loss and acceptance in a silent world, where nothing is as it appears to be.

Nevith The Dragon

Dir: Paul Miller
UK 2017
8 mins 31 secs
Animation

Lily a deaf girl, has just lost her mother and moved to live with her father. They don’t get on well. Her father can’t sign, and they find it difficult to communicate. After an argument, lily runs off. She is suddenly caught in bad weather, and falls into a cave stumbling into her mother’s mystical past.

The Silent Child

Dir: Chris Overton
UK 2017
19 mins 54 secs
Fiction

Set in rural England and inspired by real life events. The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

4

Dir: Bim Ajadi
UK 2014
6 mins 24 secs
Fiction

A young Deaf man is challenged to a game of Connect 4, only to find that this is no ordinary game. Are the odds stacked against him?

Silent Laughs

Dir: Natalia Kouneli
UK 2017
10 mins 58 secs
Documentary

A Deaf stand-up comedienne performs in sign language fulfilling her dream to make people laugh as well as bringing Deaf Culture to mainstream audiences.

The Song for Single BTS (单身情歌)

Dirs: Zheng Xiaosan/Sam Zheng
China 2016
5 mins 19 secs
Fiction

There is a place, both in deaf and mainstream culture, to feel, hold and express universal themes of human emotion through musical expression.

Signs of an Affair

Dir: Louis Neethling
UK 2017
28 mins
Fiction

Signs of an Affair tells the story of Flora, who has been married to Fred for many years, when suddenly, he doesn’t want sugar in his tea – something’s not right! Flora is suspicious and determined to find out the truth, but ends up in some unexpected places. Starring Jean St Clair and Ilan Dwek; produced for BSLBT by Mutt and Jeff Pictures.


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