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Looking to how D/deaf people negotiate the world around them, moving through society and shaping themselves to pockets of community, this programme of short films from the London Short Film Festival takes us from the cities and coasts of England to the refugee camps of the Sahara to the thick greenery of New Zealand. We prise out conversations on how culture, circumstance, race and gender relate to our D/deafnesses, as ambitions, estrangement and reconciliations unfold.

Lightning (dir: Cristine Isoli, UK) BSL and English subtitles. A chance encounter at a traffic light turns into an unexpected friendship between an underground musician and a deaf girl, who dreams of becoming a pilot.

BOAT (dir: Louise Stern, UK) BSL and English subtitles (via QR code). A young girl comes to live on a boat, she communicates with the people – and the gerbil – who inhabit this world via notes, gesture and dance. 

Words of Caramel (dir: Juan Antonio Moreno, Spain) English subtitles. In a refugee camp in the Sahara Desert lives a deaf boy who wish to learn how to write. Welcome to Kori and his best friend the camel Caramel’s silent world.

Tama (dirs: Jared Flitcroft and Jack O'Donnell, New Zealand) NZSL and English subtitles. Tama is about a young Maori Deaf boy who wants to perform the Haka. On a near-fatal car trip, Tama has to confront his family. In his struggle, he begins to grow from an undervalued youth into a proud young man. 

To Know Him (dir: Ted Evans, UK) BSL and English subtitles. BIFA Best British Short Film nominated. To lay the man she loves to rest, a deaf woman must overcome a barrier far greater than language. 

The Contouring of Deafhoods is a London Short Film Festival touring shorts programme for D/deaf audiences curated by young Deaf programmer Zoe McWhinney.

Please note BOAT is not subtitled. You can access the transcript by scanning the QR code on the day of the film. These can be accessed on iPhone and Android through any QR code scanner free of charge.

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