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  synopsis

What is it like to be deaf?
People have asked me.
Deaf? Oh, hmmm, how do i explain that?
Simply, I can't hear.
Nooo, it is much more than that.


«Lucia Rikaki’s new documentary is a must see *** for it’s look inside the world of hearing impaired people. The unpretentious labour of love lets this overlooked group address the world.. Interviews with deaf people,family (often also deaf) and friends reveal the day to day struggles of the deaf. In her film. Rikaki makes the audience reconsider what is normal. In an interview the mother from a deaf family tells of schocking her doctor by being relieved that her newborn was also deaf. Later a young man chukles at people’s surprise when he and his deaf friends ride beloved motorcycles. Particularly memorable is the «star» of the film dynamic young Lemonia Gamalia. She and her also deaf mother articulately express two generations fight to be heard.»

………………….Hands speak, eyes see

«Words written on the air,movements that reveal meanings and ideas hands that move with the virtuosity of a dancer and provide a bridge between two worlds.Sign language the language of the hands has its own power to bridge communication distances between the deaf and the hearing.Young kids converse with their own style in a language devised by deaf people many centuries ago.The «hearing» viewer also had a chance in some cases to witness intensive scenes in complete silence as deaf people are perceiving them.A young deaf actress narrates in her own gracefull silence poems written by deaf»

…………………A world living with no sounds

If we did not have a voice, or tongue and we would like to show things to one another, wouldn’t we try just as the deaf are doing, to indicate them with our hands , our head and our entire body? PLATO

 

   director

I started getting acquainted with the deaf world through a meeting with two rare individuals who have devoted their lives in sign language.

Roxanni is the president of the sign language interpreters in Greece and a CODA Child of deaf adults. Georges a sign language teacher an ex diplomat who abandoned his carrier as diplomat to devote himself in teaching young kids the beauty of sign language which he also discovered and keeps discovering....

Sign language can indeed become a communication bridge between hearing and deaf people. Cinema can help in building this bridge using image as the main expressive tool image which "speaks" to the people who do not hear and creates emotions who replace the feelings missed by the hearing loss.
Beyond spoken language signs helps us discover expressive possibilities and qualities using our entire body. 

The expressive beauty of sign language will be juxtaposed with our daily gestures which reassemble the origin of this language even if our signs in the hearing world do not follow the sign language grammar we often express ourselves using our hands and facial expression Image will reveal how close we all are to sign language and how easily we can perceive it and thus communicate with deaf people. 


The film will be based on strong stories with important emotional value as told by deaf people in sign language. 

The films pace and rhythm will refer to the pace of sign language a fast expressive vivid language full of beauty and energy.

 

 
 

 
  Film Credits
  Director Lucia Rikaki
  Screenplay Lucia Rikaki
  Cinematography Lucia Rikaki
Nikos Zoiopoulos, 
Nikos Nikolaidis
  Sign language interpretor Roxanni Zika
  Poems by deaf poets interpreted in sign language Lemonia Gkamalia
  Sound Kostas Paliaris
  Editing Spyros Tsiftsis
  Original Soundtrack Costis Zevgadellis 
  Lyrics Yiota Vassilakopoulou
  Song Eleni Peta
  Still photography Georges Pavlides, 
Spyros Katopodis, 
Fotinos Trikonis
  Post production coordinator Thanos Anastopoulos
  Post production Fantasia Optikoakoustiki,
Cinergon
  Production Ôricky Ôrick LTD ©2002, Greek Film Center
National Greek Television NET
  Distributor Tricky Trick Films
  Subtitles English
  Format Digital Beta
35 mm
  Length 74min. + 52min
 
 

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