This film is well written by Swinbourne, excellently performed by Lara Steward, and masterly directed by William Mager. This is about deaf identity.
Ellen, as a young deaf girl in high school who are learning British Sign Language, and she was trying to find herself. This drama explicitly shows how Ellen became caught between the deaf and hearing worlds. It is powerful and it made me cry.
There are too many Ellens out there who are still searching for their own identity. Some are content with their own hearing loss, and some who aren’t. I know how it feels because I felt exactly the same as Ellen when I was 17 years old. I started to learn American Sign Language at that time. I still have old videotape of myself signing in an English order. I wanted to belong in a community who accept for who I am, and I am glad I did. I have wonderful friends and mentors who believed in me.
Just like how Ben believed in Ellen. We need to reach out and believe in Ellens out there. They needed us as well as we need them. Signed Languages are the core of the community.
As Veditz said, “As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs.” –
Note to Ellens out there… don’t give up.
Amy Cohen Efron