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Documentary: Three Deaf people tell us about the day they found the Deaf world, sign language and a new identity

Documentary. Three Deaf people tell us about the day they found the Deaf world. Their stories include school, learning sign language, and their relationships with their family and friends. This programme features John WalkerJoanne Swinbourne and Emily Howlett, and it was produced and directed by Charlie Swinbourne for Juggle Productions.

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  • I just wanted to say I enjoyed this program very much tonight. I cried, of course I cried, especially when the mum said her daughter was broken before, but now she is complete. That really touched a nerve. Thank you for a wonderful program. I have been deaf all my life, grew up oral and am learning level 3 sign language. It has opened up things for me like it has for those on this program.Thank you, I look forward to exploring a little of my own identity,
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    160621
  • What an emotional roller-coaster of a film this is.  Having suffered such injustice in the school system, these people had the fortitude to find a way through to happiness and fulfilment.  I would love to see this film broadcast on the BBC, to an even larger audience; congratulations to BSLBT and many thanks to all those who took part for sharing your experiences with us.
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    160616
  • I really enjoyed watching this film. Good pace and mix of talking head and location footage made it very easy to watch. Good voice over and really engaging subtitled translation following the pace of the signing. Particularly found the Gallaudet Deaf Way story (and interview with the mother) a real tear jerker. 
    I can't believe I am only just watching this now, after it being recommended by a friend. Maybe BSLBT need better promotion of previous content?
    More of the same please!
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  • Very motivating video showing you can be Deaf, Proud and Happy.
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  • What a wonderful programme! I've been learning BSL for a year now with a wonderful deaf teacher. He sometimes tells us what it was like for him to grow up and encourages us to be more deaf aware. This programme brought tears to my eyes; such moving stories...but these three people are brilliant encouragements too!!!
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  • Awesome, I am not alone. I also teach a Fire prevention program for the Deaf and hard of hearing. If I can be of help please let me know.
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  • I feel fab after watching the indiviual tell their stories. It makes me angry how people can be so ignorant about deaf people, but we are changing that.
    Thank you BSL Zone.
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  • ....an inspirational programme, which shows the importance of deaf identity and culture. Thank you guys.
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  • really enjoying learning more about deaf culture
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  • A brilliant piece of film making. As a 71 year old with serious heaing loss (not a signer) I found it very moving and life-asserting. The editing and images between the three stories was done with great skill. Congratulations... and thanks.
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  • Hi Mr Walker, you have definitely become a NEW person. Thank God for FYD.

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  • Wonderfully made documentary, Charlie got it spot on. Probably the best Deaf documentary ever made because it moved me to tears.
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  • excelled programme I enjoyed this film to show my college learners
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  • Hand waving for your awesome work to create this documentary!!
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    150629
  • I like bslzone
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  • This is a very important programme as many Deaf people went through this journey.

    Sadly there are many deaf children and adults who still are not "found" yet.

    Who should watch this? Parents of deaf children! Teachers of the Deaf! Audiologists! And many more!

    I'm very fortunate to be born into a Deaf family.
    Posted on
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  • Wow !! What a wonderful film to show us ! thank you so much for doing this !!
    Posted on
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  • Very moving movie about three Deaf adults expressing how they identified their own identity from childhood to adult age. The movie will be a stepping stone for all Deaf or HOH who want to identify their own Identity in the foreseeable future.
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  • Excellent film and even though the BSL sign styles of each person is a wee bit different, they are so easy to understand. They look so confident too.
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  • Very interesting n hard feel emotional to film !!!
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  • What a FAN....FLIPPIN.....TASTIC programme!!! This is my life in a summary.
    Thanks for this guys......xx
    Posted on
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  • A marvellous film very moving and informative especially about deaf identity and sense of community.
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  • re affirms why I want to learn this amazing language.
    inspirational and thought provoking.
    thank you for sharing
    Posted on
    150624
  • Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing your stories with the world.
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    150623
  • Amazing documentary film that even brought me some tears of sad and happy feelings. I can relate to such an experience. Glad that you, the actors, shared the poignant stories. THANK YOU.
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  • great, emlightening
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  • Brilliant: a lovely little film. I wish I had seen something like this when my deaf daughter was starting out.
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  • I think it was really fantastic because I am deaf myself too and i find they are very different character which they are bring up different area between 3 of them..
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  • Wow, what a very emotional documentary but with a very happy ending. There is a thousand deaf people suffering in mainstream school in the past & still to this day it still happening. I am one of them & can relate to all those three deaf people. My biggest concern for those who are deaf, hard of hearing & those who wear cochlear implants in the mainstream school are still suffering & no deaf identity, & no BSL. BSL make life easy to communicate than lip read. I was in deaf school & was very happy. Then to mainstream school with no identity & it affect me big time. We need to encourage government & profession to understand how they can avoid the damage upon a child in mainstream if they don't get the right support.
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  • Great Video!!! definitely need for everyone watch this video for helpful to people who have struggled with hearing people.
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  • Wow.. Powerful stories.. Really interesting .. Thank you
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  • very intresting to watch that maKE me feel want join to waych it can be help me bit more condinfal and try to follow to make new freind if i can
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  • THANK YOU for making this.
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  • Quite emotional. I will be telling everyone to watch this. Thank you
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  • I wish I had seen something like this years ago. It would have helped me understand my brother so much more. I remember him going to a school for the deaf where he was told not to use his hands but to watch lips, to lipread as he would never fit in because the rest of us, the hearing population would never be able to understand him talking with his hands. How things change. I now live in the USA and still can't sign but with Skype and some signs I have learnt we can communicate better. My niece is a BSL teacher and translator, her husband and children all sign. They are living a full life and helping us all. Thank you to them and to you.
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  • Excellent and very real of what is still happening in society...parents and all professionals working with Deaf people should watch this programme.
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  • I have just watched found how interesting it was, I am myself hearing but nearly 15 yrs ago I learnt BSL , but still feel slow when signing to deaf people but go to the 50+ group at Nottingham deaf society on Wednesday , morning to mix with deaf friends, there are times when I get nervous and embarrassed because my signing is slow and I can't think quick enough to sign but I am trying still at the age of 61yrs.
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  • I am hearing but have many Deaf friends. I realise how important it is for a Deaf person to be proud of his or her Deaf Identity. I am concerned about our d/Deaf school children who are not helped to form a Deaf identity. Your documentary explains the problem and how these 3 people coped with an oral education. What a super teacher of the Deaf that young lady who visited Galudette, must be .we need more teachers like her. This is a brilliant documentary, thank you for making it.
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  • Found programme was well prepared with a greater impact for both deaf and hearing people to understand the importance of creating better understanding of communication needs between them through deaf awareness which is a vital tool for everyone concerned.
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  • Hi,
    Just watched your new documentary "Found". One word for it, BRILLIANT. Totally entranced from beginning to end, with some heart opening talks. Really interesting and informative. Congratulations to all. Thank you. Please keep up the good work.
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    150620
  • Well made film, good photography, 3 different people telling stories about their deaf identities and finding themselves a new world and happiness. My husband gave his version on his cochlear implant and it gave him a different perspective. It gave him hearing and his ability to communicate with the hearing. It was shown on The One Show 3 months ago.
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    150620
  • Heart-breaking and heartfelt.

    High quality documentary, compulsory viewing for secondary schools, students, deaf students, professionals working with deaf children and families/carers.

    Remembering most of the 'young Deaf' in the FYD clips etc..and the US's Deaf Way at the time.
    Great pics!

    I discovered my Deaf Identity in the middle of a mainstream arts degree course in the 1970s - nil communication access, and very SSE at the time.

    Deaf Identity is REAL.

    The non-Deaf Identity issues are still happening TODAY.
    More programmes like this in the mainstream raising significant awareness - please!!
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  • When I look man sign years ago . Me same him years ago . And they right who I am 50/50 . Plus deaf a lots no jobs
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  • I like a poster and good title of documentary.

    They are very courage to share to the world through their experiences and their journey of lives.

    Amazing they did breakthrough from their childhoods.

    Emotional and Joyful.

    Praise to them and Charlie too.
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  • enjoy watching bslzone improve my receptive skill
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    150619
  • wonderful documentary. I think you (Charlie Swinbourne) should consider entering this film in various film/video festivals. Worthy of prizes (I sincerely hope)
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  • I watch deaf zone enjoy same see hear need more and I can't write more cos full BSL same my husband Alban welch all life in pass very hard now we happy lot support
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  • this is very awesome different person who touch your things and i have real pain into my heart also me too I am 10 old became labour as hard work builder house then get my salary for my education now I am good working in HAQ: centre for child rights in New Delhi
    hope you will be understand my life about.
    I like see this different culture though sign language thank you everyone.
    Best Wishes
    Rupmani
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  • Thank you
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  • I love it so much as same to my life - found this cause me a lot changed (British deaf association and Hindu deaf woman mother!
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    150619
  • Wow.

    Powerful stuff.

    Horrified a teacher of the D/deaf would ignore a child confiding in them like that.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    Eve
    Posted on
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  • Powerful. Emotional. Beautifully directed and edited. I recognised my own story in theirs. We need this film to be shown to all who have any involvement or connection with deaf people: parents of deaf children; adults who become deaf in later life; teachers; doctors; audiologists; social workers - there is a long list of people who need to see these stories and pay attention to them. Just wonderful, the lump in my throat and tears in my eyes are not really for these three lovely people who found their way but for all those who struggle to do so for too long or even for ever.
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  • Nice to see John had lots of friends to celebrate his birthday together, comparing to his other party with only 3 turned up! Well made film and useful for parents to realise that their Deaf offsprings can have two worlds..hearing and deaf.
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    150618
  • Excellent film. Reminds me of my incomplete journey so far......
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  • Very simple and moving.

    This is a most important programme.

    It should be recommended (if not compulsory) viewing for teachers, educationalists, CSWs, interpreters, audiologists, mental health policy makers, even government ministers and they should all be asked to think about one question; "What if...?"

    We must not lose our Deaf children to outdated policies which leave them adrift and lost.

    We should also show this to Deaf youngsters so that they know they can be Deaf, use sign language and have a fulfilling life and career.

    We should celebrate those parents who play such vital roles in bringing up Deaf children to be happy and complete individuals despite (or because of) the odds.

    And how lucky we are that John, Joanne and Emily were 'found' and are part of our Deaf Community.

    And kudos to Charlie Swinbourne and Juggle Productions for this landmark programme.

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    150618
  • Excellent film - well produced and it captured the emotions well. It should be shown to all Deaf youngsters in mainstream schools (and bring back the FYD!).
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