My Song

A thought-provoking drama about Deaf identity

Award-winning drama about Deaf identity and acceptance in the signing world. When Ellen feels left out at home and at school, she starts learning to sign. But will she be welcomed with open arms? My Song features both spoken English and BSL, and was inspired by real events. The film aims to show the dilemma facing people who find themselves in between the Deaf and hearing worlds. Where do they fit in? Starring Lara Steward, David Hay and Daryl Jackson, My Song was written by Charlie Swinbourne and directed by William Mager.

This film has full subtitles for both deaf and hearing viewers.

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  • I can relate to this story very much...was crying at the end even though I have watched it before. Although my hearing family is more supportive than Ellen's and my journey into the Deaf World has resulted in meeting so many wonderful people, I fear very much experiencing the rejection that Ellen recieves. I have been through it multple times with the hearing world. Should I be rejected, who will hang out with me now? I can't do anything about the fact that I didn't grow up signing-that decision was not made by me.
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    170428
  • As someone born severely deaf but brought up oral and also mocked by siblings not prepared to acknowledge my deafness, I really empathized with this story. Thanks for sharing.
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  • wonderful and very thought provoking xx
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  • Excellent video, very well set out, loved the story & of course, the message & I really felt comfortable & enjoyed this video! More please! 
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  • Absolutely amazing!  I have tears in my eyes.  Loved it!  
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  • i worry about all the children who are made to believe that speech is the only communication method that has value. I worry that they are between two worlds.
    i haven't met anyone in the Deaf community who judges others in such a way when they are attempting to use BSL.
    Thank you, as always a film that makes you think.
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  • As always from BSL Zone, first-rate work for a global audience. Many thanks.
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  • I think that there should be more deaf drama on tv because that,s gives deaf people the chance to show there skills in deaf world
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  • This has many feelings for me as I can identify and that is my story as well.
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  • Very interesting
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  • I really enjoyed watching this pic. I do not sign but would like to learn. I have met a few men that ONLY wanted to sign and I could now, so....
    It was very well made too.
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  • Thank you for giving those of us a voice, being stuck between both worlds is torture.
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  • Oh my goodness...I bawled my eyes out...can totally relate, even now as a mature adult. Grew up struggling in a fully hearing world as a profoundly deaf child-only discovered thru accident........Love to sing and play guitar, but getting harder as hearing diminishes. Don't sign, but would love to learn. Great presentation
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  • beautiful and brilliant!!!
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  • A powerful piece of drama
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  • Oh I'm in tears, that was wonderful. As the only member of my family to learn sign for my Aunt who was born profoundly deaf this is both beautiful and heartbreaking. Thank you SO SO much oxoxoxo I'm sharing this with everyone I know.
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  • What a wonderful and moving video. Thank you for creating such a hard hitting, balanced and thought provoking piece. Loved it!
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  • Overly dramatic but I guess you have to be to make a point in 22 minutes. Since I can relate to this 10000000% it left me in tears for quite a while.
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  • A lovely thought provoking film. All hearing persons including my own family should watch it and understand how I feel at times being deaf in a hearing world.
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  • Powerful moving video. I was raised oral. I am in Canada. This says exactly how I feel.
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  • Powerful movie. Very moving and thought-provoking. Accept others just as you would like others to accept you. Celebrate their courage!
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  • Excellent very thought provoking I run a BSL Choir so will direct all my members to watch this.
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  • I like the video. I understandable her feeling when I were like her before. I felt my world went cold then warmer up.

    Giving me emotional when I was watching the video.

    Hope her future will be better happy again.
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  • This is beautiful, I was heartbroken to see at the end...she is trying her best to learn signs with song. I wish I hear the songs with every words but I can't, I am profound deaf :-)
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  • fabulous ! and I would be proud to show to my BSL Class. Congrats for well written story and good actors.
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  • This video was a great and it gives positive message for those deaf people who have the similar situations like Ellen. Never give up.

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  • Great film, I too sit between the hearing world and deaf word. I was born hearing but lost my hearing in my late teens , I struggle with BSL even though I have achieved level two. My confidence isn't that great and I don't mix enough with deaf people because I don't want to be ridiculed and hearing people are only supportive up to a point.
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  • I thought that was really beautiful and is true to deaf life. I loved it. From Rachel
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  • Thank you for showing the divide between the hearing world and Deaf world, and those who are somewhere in between, I loved it, I can't begin to describe the emotions evoked by watching this. Having a friend who is just like Ellen 'in the middle'. Seeing them struggle in shops and when we go out prompted me to learn Sign Language (I'm Level 2 now). She tried to stay oral but when a shop assistant humiliated her, she now purely uses sign language, even though she can hear she doesn't want to feel that way again, Heartbreaking,
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  • hello this is katrina from scotland i am born profoundly deaf i work with solar bear at glasgow for deaf youth theater for 5years and i enjoy watch this film and wow the end scene i agree with ben because i know lot deaf use oral not sign so they join deaf youth theater and they cant sign but we support young people to learn sign and visual and movement etc... and help them bulit up their confiden because not their fault because of school or family have reason and i love watch the film xx
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  • This is beautiful - I really loved it, thank you
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  • I am not a deaf person nor signer. I saw this powerful, deeply moving short film on television and felt the need to watch it again. The human need to communicate is fundamental - we recognise and accept language and cultural differences, we are told we should not be prejudiced.... and yet we discriminate within our own cultures, against regional variation... and signing. When Gaz said "I thought you were normal", I choked - and when the BSL "expert" chose only to criticise rather than support, I recognised how we can all slip so easily into the "i'm right/my way or no way" way of thinking. "Man's inhumanity to man" seems to go on and on.... but why? Wouldn't it be less effort to just accept each other? As for Ellen, is she normal - of course. Is she perfect - of course not - just one more human being trying to find her way through life in as meaningful a way as possible. Thank you for making this film available on line. With my respect, from Robbie
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  • What a wonderful advert for using a bilingual approach with all children from birth! Well done Charlie, directors and cast!
    This is the second time I've watched (saw it last year) and still brings tears to the eyes!
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  • Oh what a brilliant programme called My Song!!! I am sure there are many deaf people who can hear with their hearing aids and goes to mainstream school. No signings, only oral try to fit in a hearing world to be a hearing person and lipread all the time. I myself have experience that for many years and am glad that I have gave up the hearing world and to be part of the deaf world now as it does make a big difference to my life but I can communicate with hearing people which I am lucky. It give me so much confidence to express myself in my own language. I always want to be a singer and dancer and never achieve that but I can do signs songs. Even to this day, there are still deaf people struggle like this girl in the programme and let us put it to end but encourage every deaf people who are oral to signs.
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