Filmmaker to Debut His Film about Deafness in India


Arathy Manoharan, a graduate student in the Deaf Education program at McDaniel College, will host a screening of the documentary Beyond Silence on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 7:30 PM in Decker Auditorium.

According to the film’s trailer, India has the largest deaf population in the world, but the number of certified interpreters are 250 for 18 million deaf people. Also:

Sign language is still not an officially recognized language in the country. The country has no captions on television, no instructions for deaf people at public places, no TTY, no instruction through sign language in deaf schools and no deaf college or a university for deaf people.

At the conclusion of the film, Arathy will moderate a panel discussion Life Stories: Lives of Deaf people in Mumbai. The discussion will be open to any questions, answers, and comments related to the film and discussion of India’s deaf culture there.

View the film’s trailer below.

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