Scottish Islanders

Our award-winning documentary about Deaf people living in remote areas of the UK.

Documentary. Scottish Islanders follows the lives of seven Deaf people living in the remote Scottish Islands and explores what it is like to live away from the wider Deaf community. Jean Pentland, the British Deaf Association’s representative for the Scottish Highlands, travels to offer them support. Do they have access to services that the rest of us take for granted? This programme was directed by Camilla Arnold for Flashing Lights Media.

Scottish Islanders won the Best Documentary award at Deaffest 2015. Find out about all of the BSL Zone's award-winning films and programmes here.

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  • enjoyed the programme. I watch it with my deaf step-son, but would still like to see sub-titles with signing
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    151026
  • Incredibly subtle and moving documentary that really highlights the situation of Deaf Scottish Islanders. Jean is such an impressive and amazing force. This film definitely deserved the award for Best Documentary, really, really fantastic.
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    150710
  • Really inspirational. Keep up the good work
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    150710
  • Loved this. I have visited Shetland and have family there, and am hoping to be a BSL interpreter in a few years. Maybe in Shetland?? :-)
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    150709
  • The film gave me an interesting view of life in the Highlands and how few Deaf people live on the islands. Good to see the lady insisiting on moving from washing up to serving and Jean teaching the use of Facetime/internet to converse with outhers so far away.
    Well done BSL Zone; an interesting and enjoyable film.
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    150709
  • Very intrest watch videos .
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    150709
  • Really a good documentary and BDA is continuing to support the Deaf Islanders. Jean is a fantastic and generous to helping them. Please do keep informing us the update how the Islanders get on for their accesses.
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    150706
  • Great programme. Interesting story, a big challenge to film. Very well shot, and interesting characters. Well done ! Thanks
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    150706
  • Well done, informative documentary on the difficulties deaf people have to face some on their own through limited support. Well done Jean.
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    150703
  • Unbelievably brilliant documentary, I am so touched by their story. Hat off to those who have successfully reached to them and expose the struggle they face everyday. We must do something to help them. I am emotional.
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    150703
  • The best documentary I've watched by far. Stunning filmography and a simple and understated but important story. Perfect combination.
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