The Best Live Action Short film of Oscar 2018
“Deaf Child” is a documentary about love. The director’s son, Tobias, is a deaf. Tobias lives in two worlds: one in need, the other as a fish in the water. As a father, Alex examines his choices in raising a deaf child. Were they right ones? Is his world not too limited? Should he have tried cochlear implants with which Tobias might have partial hearing? Has he overburdened Joachim too much with his brother’s handicap? And ultimately, was he a good father?
Programme 2: Sign Rhapsody
Deaf Funny is the world’s first TV comedy sketch show in sign language, it has an all-star cast of Deaf actors and comedians.
This film is produced, directed and played by born deaf producer Emilio Insolera. It is also the first deaf super hero film. The leading character is a deaf agent who carries a powerful genetic mutation. He is sent to Japan to investigate a series of bizarre cases, and has fights with the deaf Japanese villains by creating super powers through the use of Sign Language.
Programme 3: The Sweet and Sour of Deaf Life
Pinto and Edna, and elderly couple of deaf people, have just moved into a low-cost flat. This Monday morning, Pinto must return to work but he will be disturbed by his new environment and by an unfortunate succession of domestic incidents. He will end up not only with an incidentally chaplinesque outfit that will make him switch to a world of silent cinema, but also a defective hearing aid that will earn him a day of communication slippage...
Screen with Deaf Animation Short Film: The Gingerbread Witch
Young twins, Anders (deaf) and Aurora (hearing) share a very special bond. They come from an old Scottish mystical village called Oban, which can be described as rural and impoverished, the village people are kind but have very little to spare, without any explanation children from the village have been disappearing for generations. One day, the twins happen to find themselves at the centre of the mystery, when they come across an enchanted artefact, but will this help with their adventure? Can they both solve the mystery? And will the strength of their special bond defy the odds?
Steve and Ed are best friends living in the same apartment complex, when Ed finds himself in need of Steve to help him out. A hilarious conversation ensues is a frustrated Ed tries repeatedly to make Steve understand that he desperately needs his assistance. Steve, using broken and outdated body hearing aids, is completely clueless to his buddy.Body Language
A man dealing with the infidelity of his wife, journeys into unfamiliar territory and finds himself, ironically, in a similar situation.Awkward Silence
Aaron and Eva have been dating for almost a year and believe their relationship is headed on the right track. It isn't until a night out, that a misunderstanding comes between their love. Now they must reevaluate their relationship, while reliving the first time they met and the night in question. Can love speak in more than one language?
IVY, a young Deaf woman runs through an empty resort town, hunted by killers. It up to Ivy to save a little girl. But how will they stay alive if they cannot even understand each other?
A woman who has been a victim of a violent attitude from her husband comes to the conclusion she just cannot have it anymore. Will she find the strength that lies within her and be able to break free from him?
A woman battling with her desire to end her life after being in depression for the tough time she is going through. Is the will to seek help that shows her strength or weakness? Can society's stigma prevent her from going through and like her, many people who ever thought about suicide?
The Strength Within You - Love Wins
A teenager struggles to find his sexual orientation despite the father's disapproval in his homophobic environment. He needs to find that strength to face society's taboo and even more, his own parents who are supposed to be the first ones supporting him. Will he accept his own identity? Will his parents accept him?
The Strength Within You – DUI
Drinking and having fun can also be dangerous, especially if you are trying to drive your very protective car...or is it? Lina lives life at large but when she is trying to go home after a fun night at the bar, she encounters some unexpected difficulties to get her car moving until something happens that changes everything in her mind.
The Strength Within You - Be-YOU-tiful
A girl who is alone all the time because of her physical appearance being considered abnormal. She has the need for having friends but her only friend is herself. In a turn of event, the most beautiful couple from her school is in trouble and she is the only one around that can save them. Can she forget her past and become the bigger person?
Annie falls in love with AJ, not expecting the whole new cultural adventure that would come with it. Annie finds out soon enough that AJ is a very attractive gentleman who happens to be Deaf. As all relationships are based on communication, they face many obstacles while trying to understand each other, while their BFFs aren't approving their relationship.
The internet−famous duo Hedy and Heidi make their way to the big screen in this delightful comedy. Follow Hedy's epic cross−country adventure in search of her sister, Hedy. In typical Hedy fashion, she gets herself into a variety of downright silly situations. Will Hedy manage to reconnect with the sister she's long dreamed of? Find out in this rollicking, feel−good family film your whole family will adore!
It is a funny short film about 2 pairs of deaf couples.
Screen with Deaf Animation Short Film: Ants Don’t Speak But They Work Together
The film is an insight into the world of a boy who is a daydreamer. He is deaf and mute and has a special relationship with nature. Boy realizes his admiration towards the unity among ants. He saves some of them from being crushed. The film talks about his relationship with the ants & ends on cumulative note.
“Marie’s Story” is based on the true story of Marie Heurtin, it is called as the French “Helen Keller”. In 1897, Marie is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection with Marie and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send her to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential and, despite her Mother Superior's skepticism, vows to bring the wild girl out of the darkness into which she was born. Unfortunately, Sister’s health has suddenly deteriorated. In her remaining days, she must teach the last lesson for Marie...
Katia Belas, Creator/Producer of A Deaf Talent Project “The Strength Within You”, USA
Wang Yiqiang, Vice Chairperson of Shen Zhen Association of the Deaf, China
Amy Lau, Chairperson of Hong Kong Association of the Deaf
Today, Deaf people are still fighting for their own language, for the future of their own culture, and also for all Deaf children who could use sign language as their way of learning, expressing and communicating.
Ticket prices: $75 / 60* / 45***20% off for each purchase of 4 or above standard tickets
Asian People's Theatre Festival Society
Internet booking: www.urbtix.hk
Co-presenters: The Hong Kong Association of the Deaf, Asian People's Theatre Festival Society, Hong Kong Arts Centre, School of Creative Media - City University of Hong Kong, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences - City University of Hong Kong