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Movies to Check out During Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Culture   |  Wednesday, September 24, 2014

By Jillian Winn

Not sure what you can do to participate in Deaf Awareness Week?  Try to find events in your local area, but if you’re having trouble finding a local Deaf Awareness Week event, a great thing to do is to learn something new about Deaf culture - read some articles, learn a few new signs, or watch a movie about a deaf story.

There are a number of movies that feature deaf stories.

Some of the most well known movies that feature deaf stories include:

  • Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
    Actor Richard Dreyfuss was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal in this movie of a music teacher whose son is deaf.

Movies based on the lives of famous deaf people:

There are movies on Helen Keller (listed above), William Dummy Hoy (2007), Kitty O’Neil (1979), Esther Costello (1957) and others. For a newer released film, check out:

  • The Hammer (2010)
    A movie based on the life of the first deaf NCAA Wrestling Champion and UFC Fighter Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.  Read a review.


Documentaries:

  • Sound and Fury (2000)
    Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this documentary is about Deaf culture and one family’s struggle in deciding if their daughter should get cochlear implants.


More Movies:

See a full list of more Deaf culture films and films that feature Deaf actors.

 

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