Mind the Gap Films
Deafening is not just an intimate portrait of four deaf people who experience the hearing world in uniquely different ways, but through its carefully designed sensory landscape, also affoards the audience an opportunity to rethink their perception and understanding of sound.
RTÉ News & weather presenter Sarah Jane Moloney O’Regan is about to become a first-time mum of twins. Sarah Jane loves being deaf but despite this, she worries about what her twins will go through if they’re born deaf, and have to face the same barriers and obstacles she had to work so hard to overcome.
Deaf siblings, Jade and Matthew Visser were born in South Africa and moved to Waterford aged 4 and 5. They both have Cochlear Implants and put their perfect speech down to the daily (speech) therapy they received in South Africa after their operation. Now 12 and 14, they talk about their concerns about fitting into a mainstream school, the challenges of making friends and how sparring deaf in Taekwon-do puts them at a distinct advantage.
Seán Herlihy is a teacher at a Deaf school in Dublin, but is originally from the West Cork Gaeltacht, where his Irish speaking parents had to switch to speaking English when their three children were born deaf. Seán believes his deafness is a gift that allows him to travel the world without language barriers. He’s been to 81 countries, and in any corner of the globe he can meet another Deaf person and communicate fluently in sign language. In his view, its hearing people who are at a disadvantage when it comes to travel.
Deafening is an audiovisual feast that weaves seamlessly between speech, sign language and visual communication and represents a first for Irish television.
There is no programme link as it has not been broadcast yet - March 2nd 2017
Director: Garry Keane Producer: Anne Heffernan
1 x 52 minutes