Film Screening: Voices from El Sayed

Date: 

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 5:00pm to Thu, 01/27/2022 - 2:05pm

Mark Aronoff, Department of Linguistics, Stony Brook University

Friday, October 28, 2011
5-6pm
Marshall 490

 

Director
Oded Adomi Leshem  

 

Country of Origin
Israel

Language
ABSL, Hebrew, Arabic

Year/Time
2007/52m

Presenter
Mark Aronoff
(who will present on this topic at 3pm)

 

A hearing person is always nervous,” says Juma, the charismatic young auto mechanic who emerges as the nominal star of Oded Adomi Leshem’s perceptive, engrossing Voices from El-Sayed. Actually, Juma doesn’t say it—he signs it, in the hand-dialect unique to the El-Sayed, a Bedouin tribe that settled in Israel’s Negev Desert two centuries ago. Theirs, we’re told, remains the world’s largest community of the deaf. Marriage typically occurs between one deaf spouse and one hearing one—otherwise, goes the expression, “Who will hear the baby cry?”
Something troubling this way comes when the parents of young Muhammad are offered the opportunity to have him implanted with a device that could enable him to hear and, they hope, to speak. The community splits on the ethics and value of such an intervention, and Salim, Muhammad’s father, is frustrated at the slow pace of Muhammad’s progress following surgery.