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Our Opinions About ‘Through Deaf Eyes’

March 29, 2007

Fookem’s Opinion……..

Before I watched the show, I read the bloggers/vloggers’ opinions about ‘Through Deaf Eyes’. So, I decided to watch it a few days ago. I got bored with it right away. It was interesting to know the hearing people’s perspective on the deaf people. At first, I thought they talked about the deaf history and culture. But they focused on the cochlear implants, hearing and speaking. Did you notice most of them talking without sign language? Also, most films were made in the location of Clarke school, Maryland School for the Deaf, Gallaudet and the east side of America. What’s wrong with the Midwest, South or West?

They missed a lot of information about the deaf history. Not enough ASL exposure. For example, they did not talking about Martha Vineyard, the only island that people lived in were using the sign language. They did not make the video of the first deaf school which is American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT. They missed a lot of well known people like Dummy Hoy, Linda Bove, Deaf Mosiac (Mary Lou Nokinsky and Gil Eastman), Richard ‘Dick’ Sipek (pro baseball Cinn Reds 1940’s), Terrylene Theriot, Matt Morgan, (international magician), Freeman Smith, (professional clown), Julianna Fjeld, etc…

What more is they did not put the deaf movie, ‘Love Is Never Silent’.

I totally agreed with what Gary Brooks’s comment so it’s time for remake with deaf producers, filmmakers, directors and interviewers. I am sure it will be completely different from the original one.

Bug’s Opinion…………

Speaking of “Through Deaf Eyes”, I would say that documary was great for anyone who never experienced with the deaf, hard of hearing, oralist people, deaf issues, deaf culture, etc. I think it is a good start. It didn’t bore me at all. I enjoyed watching it but I think they picked the wrong title for the film. They should focus on the real lives of Deaf people not just about their “hearing loss or speech or hearing aid” all the time. Other than that, they were doing very well on the documary.

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  1. anonymous
    March 29, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Hey Fookem and Bug

    Your both opinions are interesting. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!! Your article about the sexual activity of a deaf couple made the loud noises is so interesting and funny.

    Your Fookem and Bug Fan!!!!!

  2. marlene
    March 29, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    There’s so much ground to cover, thereby entirely impossible to include everything in two hours. What is needed is an ongoing series (for as long as it takes) to provide comprehensive information.

  3. March 30, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Linda Bove was in it… they just didn’t mention her by name. She was in the deaf theater portion.

    Jack Gannon, PBS headquarters and Gallaudet all being in DC — maybe they were limited in terms of travel. After all, PBS relies on donations and grants.

    I thought there was a decent amount of ASLers — they just had a narrator saying what they signed so the non-ASL audience could understand it.

    But I can understand your issues with some of the missing elements. Good insight.

    Oh, and there’s also Curtis Pride — pro MLBer and Kenny Walker of Denver Broncus.

  4. Anonymous
    March 30, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Hey, what about Chuck Baird? Damn hearing people!

  5. March 31, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Yes, damn those producers. This film should be called Through Hearing Eyes. By the way, great analysis for a blog! Keep up with good work!

  6. Anonymous
    April 1, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Heard both of you are hotties. You guys should be in the film.

  7. Elle
    April 2, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Interesting opinions that you both shared with us. Keep it up.

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