Festival of Cinema for the Deaf: Israeli Night | Chicago Reader

Festival of Cinema for the Deaf: Israeli Night

Three informative if occasionally preachy video documentaries from Israel dealing with prejudice against the deaf. Adnan Tarabshi's God Kill Her (2002, 20 min.) profiles an Arab family with three deaf daughters. Stigmatized by their fellow villagers, the women have been unable to marry and face an uncertain future, to the distress of their parents. Inbal's Father (2002, 13 min.), a joint production of two Jerusalem centers for the deaf, concerns a deaf professor with cerebral palsy who's written a book about his young daughter's feelings about his disability and those who make fun of them. Though weighed down by its talking-head format, Brigitte Lemaine's Deaf Witnesses, Silent Witnesses (2000, 52 min.) communicates the horror of Nazi Germany's program to exterminate the genetically “unfit,” including the deaf.

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