Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Heartfelt documentary that examines the issues facing hearing-impaired Americans everywhere. An extended family heavily populated by deaf members over three generations is thrown into a whirlwind of personal controversy when a new surgical implant allows their non-hearing members to suddenly be able to hear. The hearing grandparents think it’s a miracle and think that their deaf son should definitely do this for their deaf granddaughter. The child’s skeptical father and his also hearing-impaired wife believe that their daughter’s life in the community is too much a part of her personal identity and don’t feel it’s right to take it away from her. Meanwhile, his brother and sister-in-law have decided to go ahead with the surgery for their newborn baby. Director Josh Aronson wisely lets all sides have a fair say in this wonderful film, filming it effectively by having good actors read out what the subjects are signing to each other.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Documentary Feature