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Silent World

1h 42m Short, Deaf 2022

SILENT WORLD (Deaf Shorts)

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.

(Age Recommendation:15+)


Silent World (Dir: Charlie Dennis)

SILENT WORLD is a creative exploration and amplification of the covid-19 pandemic as experienced from the eyes of Signkid, a deaf-rapper in London. Imagine a deadly gas is killing people. No one explains in YOUR language how to stay alive.

Signs & Gestures (Dir: Itandehui Jansen)

Florist Clara relies on smell, touch and sound. She has recently been chatting with Art student Simon through a dating app. They arrange to meet in person. However, during their first date an unexpected situation arises.

Feeling Through (Dir: Doug Roland)

A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen in need and a man who is deafblind.

Connecting the Dots (Dir: Doug Roland)

Tracking the 7-year journey from chance encounter to the creation of the first film ever to star a DeafBlind actor. The story behind the story of the Oscar-nominated short film ‘Feeling Through’.

Old Mother Tongue (Dir: Mark Trifunovic)

A Deaf man grapples with his sense of identity in a hearing world and is taken on a fabulistic journey through time to one of the most significant events in Deaf history: the Milan Conference on the Education of the Deaf 1880, when sign language was banned from use in education.

Deafening Darkness (Dir: Mark Trifunovic)

A brave Deaf woman searching for her missing friend encounters a mysterious alien from another world struggling to come to terms with its traumatic past…

Running Time: 102 mins.

Screening as part of Cinemagic ‘On the Pulse’ Short Film Festival.

‘On the Pulse’ is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.