Cultural Film Projects

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Each film earns participants 0.25 RID Professional Studies CEUs awarded upon completion (or equivalent clock hours certificate).   $32.

In this selection of projects, participants chose from the documentary films list to learn about the multiple cultural-identity factors that impact our Deaf consumers. Participants rent/obtain the film themselves.  After watching the film on your own time, you will answer approximately 15-20 short-answer questions about the cultural themes presented in the documentary and its relevance/parallels to our interpreting work, with some on-line research questions, supplemental videos and/or supplemental articles to deepen your understanding of the issues and make parallels to our work in the Deaf community.  All films are available at on-line venues to be obtained by the participant (Netflix, Hulu, HBO, YouTube...) or at local libraries for free DVD rental.  All RID CEUs are overseen & administered by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni.

Please feel free to email us anytime to ask for curriculum specifics on any project, or sample questions/materials. We want you to feel comfortable with what you are registering for.

 

AVAILABLE FILMS :

* All films are captioned through the purchasing venues unless indicated in the description below.

  • Ishaare Gesture Sign in Mumbai (YouTube): This film enters the Deaf world in Mumbai, India, showing how Indian hearing culture easily gestures and communicates with Indian Deaf and Deaf-Blind people in everyday life.
  • Black in Japan (YouTube):  This film examines what it means to be black and African American in Japanese culture: facing stereotypes and a look at their own cultural identity, as both black and American, in the face of being celebrated and 'othered'.
  • Women of the Holy Kingdom (Amazon video):  This film glimpses into life in Saudi Arabia for women and their cultural views of gender. 
  • Trans (Amazon):  This is a collection of stories of trans American youth and aging adults who come to terms with their identity with the help of professionals in the field.
  • Life and Deaf (vs) Sound & Fury/Sound (YouTube):  This project watches the Sound & Fury documentary and 2 other short films that discuss cochlear implants & the Deaf identity in the US and Great Britain.
  • God Grew Tired of Us (YouTube): This film recounts the Sudanese Lost Boys genocide crisis and their journey and transition to American life.
  • Of Two Minds (YouTube & Amazon): This is a collection of stories and information about bipolar disorder with a resource included about Deafness and mental health.
  • Girl in the River (HBO/Amazon): This Academy Award winning film exposes Honor Killings and cultural views on love, gender, and family structure in Pakistan.
  • Inside Islam: What A Billion Muslims Really Think (Amazon): This documentary examines the largest global poll done about and with Muslims about their culture, beliefs, & experiences. (*Note*: this is not the History Channel show called "Inside Islam")
  • Adventures in English Trilogy Parts 1, 4 & 5 (YouTube): This trilogy of linguistic research documentaries teaches viewers the roots of modern English language, its roots and spread around the globe, and lastly its transition to American English that we speak  now in the US, offering a better understanding of our modern lexicon. (these videos are currently not captioned)
  • It's a Girl (YouTube/Amazon/iTunes): This film is about how several cultures negatively view the female gender as unwelcome daughters.
  • Andrew Jenks, Room 335 (iTunes):  This film shows life from the inside of an assisted living facility in Flordia through the eyes of a 19-year old man, Andrew Jenks.  His insights are valuable for any interpreters working in these facilities and with senior Deaf populations.
  • The Worlds Worst Place to Be Disabled (YouTube): This film travels around the globe to explore cultural beliefs and societal treatments of those with disabilities.
  • Be Like Others: Transexual in Iran (YouTube): This film introduces us to Iranian cultures & views about transexuals in the community.
  • Documented (Amazon): This film is about the current struggle of immigrants living in the US without legal papers.
  • Soul Food Junkies (YouTube/Netflix): This film explores the intimate connection between African American culture and "soul food", and its impact on their community health.
  • Amish: A Secret Life (Daily Motion/YouTube):  This film peeks into the lives of the Old Order Amish culture of Pennsylvania: their values, culture, practices and personal struggles.
  • Reel Injun (Netflix & YouTube):  This film explore how Native Americans have been portrayed in media & films to Americans (& the world).
  • Cobra Gypsies (YouTube):  This film offers a rare view from inside the Cobra Gypsy world in India:  their culture, beliefs and practices.
  • Living on One Dollar (Netflix/Vimeo): College students travel to Guatemala to live amongst a small, poor village.
  • The Anonymous People (Amazon/Vimeo):  This film guides viewers through the history of the Addiction movement and explores the stigma of those in the recovery community.
  • Risky Drinking (YouTube & HBO): This documentary reviews the current medical diagnostics for alcohol use disorders through four stories, with a resource on Deaf addiction and treatment.
  • The Mask You Live in (Netflix):  This documentary examines the notion of masculinity in American culture and how the strict limitations on "Being a Man" impacts us all.
  • 13TH (Netflix): This documentary examines American cultural beliefs of race and how laws and behaviors have encouraged oppression and criminal stereotyping that have had catastrophic effects on African-Americans.
  • Saudi Arabia Uncovered (Netflix): A peek into Saudi Arabian culture, their connection to the US and how refugees who leave the strict cultural mores adapt to the Western world.
  • (Dis)Honesty: The Truth about Lies (YouTube): This film is an ethics studies credit and examines how we perceive our own moral code and apply it to our work.  It shows research in human decision making and our tendencies to lie and overcome. *This is an ethics study credit in addition to RID Prof Studies CEUs.
  • Behind Closed Doors (Netflix/YouTube):  In this film we seek to understand Domestic Violence for the purposes of better serving our clients in this situation.  The cycle of abuse, the victims fears of reporting, their reluctance to prosecute, and propensity to return to the relationship are explained by domestic violence experts in the UK.
  • Oriented (Netflix/Amazon):  This film explores the identity of being Palestinian and Israeli in Tel Aviv within the gay community.  Issues of family traditions, gender bias, and behavioral mores are analyzed within Palestine.
  • Mountain Talk (YouTube):   This film describes the cultural and linguistic aspects of Appalachian English and the cultural community who call themselves 'Mountain People'.  Explore this fascinating language and make parallels to Deaf culture & ASL.
  • They Call it Maynmar (Amazon):  This film explores Mayanmar/Burma culture.  The film serves as a platform to explore Deaf people in Burma and compare & contrast culture, oppression, and Deaf education in both countries.