THE LIFE & DEAF SHORT FILM HAS WON A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD AT THE ZEBRA INTERNATIONAL POETRY FILM FESTIVAL, BERLIN
The short film ‘That’s not all of me’, part of a Life & Deaf Association project that was funded by Royal Borough of Greenwich, was shortlisted from 870 short films representing 63 countries. It was described by one of the Zebra festival judges as “A beautiful piece that uses the communicative power of film and poetry to share the voices of a group of young poets from London. The jury selects “Life & Deaf both for its film technique and its emotive power”.
Two of the young deaf poets/actors travelled to Berlin for the event; Nadeem Islam, 15, is a student at Thomas Tallis secondary school and Kayleigh Goacher, 16, attends Shooters Hill post-16 campus. They were accompanied by the film director, Eelyn Lee, and two of the Life & Deaf Association directors, Jane Thomas and Katie Ford. During the film festival Nadeem and Kayleigh took to the stage to represent the project in two Q&A sessions.
Kayleigh reflected “I had a fantastic weekend learning how to socialise with people around the world, being independent and answering questions about our film. We had so many positive feedback”.
Nadeem described his experience as “fun and educational at the same time, seeing films and how they make the poetry come alive. Life & Deaf is about deaf young poet from across the UK expressing their feeling on a poem. It is important to share all the feeling we have around, wake up the audience so they can feel how we feel!”
Jane Thomas reflected “Participating in the Zebra film festival affirms the value of creative education and integration of the arts into all learning. The students involved in the project learned independence, creativity, free thinking and a sense of themselves. They learned that they have a voice in the world”.