We're highlighting some of our favorite films from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Center, Room 401-A in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library!
Snacks will be provided while they last!
10:30 – 11:50 a.m.
No Ordinary Hero: The Super Deafy Movie (PG). 1 hour, 18 minutes.
Description: A film by Academy Award Winner Troy Kotsur! 8 year old Jacob is left out and bullied at his school because he is the only Deaf child in the school and the other children don’t know how to communicate with him. Jacob watches a chldren’s TV show called “SuperDeafy,” in which the super hero (SuperDeafy) is Deaf. SuperDeafy gets into comical situations with a police officer because of his deafness. Jacob identifies with SuperDeafy and overcomes his problems by imagining he has super powers.
Cast: John Maucere as Tony Kane/SuperDeafy, Zane Hencker as Jacob Lang; as well as, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, and other notable Deaf celebrities.
12:10 – 2:10 p.m.
Children of a Lesser God (R). 1 hour, 51 minutes
Description: James, a new hearing speech teacher at a school for the deaf, meets Sarah, a 25-year old Deaf woman who is a custodian at the school and had been a student at the school since the age of 5. Their conflicting ideologies on speech and deafness cause conflicts on their developing romantic relationship.
The film contains some mature language and references to sex.
Cast: Marlee Matlin as Sarah Norman and William Hurt as James Leeds.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CODA (PG-13). 1 hour, 51 minutes
Emilia, a hearing child of Deaf adults (CODA), and the only hearing child in her family, which also includes a Deaf brother, balances her dreams of becoming a professional singer, and her family’s desires for her to assist with the family fishing business. After she is accepted to Berklee College of Music, her family eventually becomes more supportive, hires a hearing person to work with them and insist that Emily follow her dream and go to Berklee.
Cast: Emilia Jones as Roby Rossi, Troy Kotsur as Frank Rossi, and Marlee Matlin as Jackie Rossi
Clerc-Gallaudet Week promotes awareness and mobilizes support of the public for critical issues in education and human rights of deaf diversity.
December 3 marks the annual observance of the United Nations' International Day of People with Disabilities. December 10 was proclaimed by the UN as Human Rights Day. During that week both deaf and library communities will be remembering and honoring the birth of the two most significant people in the history of American deaf education. Laurent Clerc (born December 26, 1785) and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (born December 10, 1787) were the first two visionary leaders in the field of American Deaf Education.
There will be a display of DC Public Library books and other resources on Deaf History and Culture in the lobby and on the bulletin board across from the Center for Accessibility throughout the month of December.
Questions? Contact us at DCPLaccess@dc.gov or 202-727-2142.