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Power In Our Hands

  • 2016
  • 75 min
  • PG

Documentary containing newly digitised archive footage on the Deaf community's fight for civil rights. Power In Our Hands combines social history and archive film with contemporary interviews and marks the 125th anniversary year of the British Deaf Association.

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*Power in Our Hands *is a ground-breaking documentary – containing newly digitised archive footage available to the public for the first time – on the Deaf community's fight for civil rights and principally, the right to be heard.

Combining social history and archive film with contemporary interviews, and released in the 125th anniversary year of the British Deaf Association, Power in Our Hands explores the secret history and heritage of the Deaf community in the UK.

At the heart of the Deaf world is British Sign Language (BSL), the first language of many Deaf people. The Deaf community does not see deafness as a disability; instead positioning itself as a significant cultural and linguistic group with a rich and exciting history stretching back hundreds of years, and with the word ‘Deaf’ (with a capitalised ‘D’) an expression of cultural identity.

Rather than focusing on medical definitions of hearing loss, *Power in Our Hands *presents Deaf people as an active and resilient community that has long campaigned for its language to be recognised. From the social scenes of the 1930s, to the 2000 march supporting BSL recognition, this documentary will give people a glimpse into Deaf culture that is mostly hidden from the hearing world.

Run time: 75 mins

Distributor: Independent Cinema Office

Supported by: British Deaf Association, Share The Deaf, National Heritage Lottery Fund

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