Zoom Focus 2014: Listen, Even When Your Heart is Crying

Watch Melissa Mostyn's documentary about how Deaf people experience their parents' grief

Documentary. Director Melissa Mostyn uses her perspective as a child and a parent to look at how Deaf people experience their parents' grief. She also explores the impact this has on their relationships with their own children. The film features interviews with Melissa's own mother, plus Jill Hipson, Pauline Latchem, Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford and Jay Thomas-Morton, along with a guest appearance by Daryl Jackson. This documentary was made as part of the BSL Zone's Zoom Focus scheme, and was produced by Neath Films.

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  • Wonderful visuals and so much more to explore. A powerful piece.
    Posted on
    150119
  • It's SO vital that the part and the message about accepting their child is shown and shared with parents. This is where many children suffer when their parents cannot accept them as they are.
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    150112
  • Showed the whole programme, occasionally pausing in parts to discuss the language (in BSL & English) to a number of deaf students during their Deaf Studies lessons.
    A great, enriching shared TV viewing experience. Life-affirming.
    Strongly recommended viewing for CPD with Teachers of the Deaf & SEN professionals in training or already trained, as well as parents. Many thanks.
    Posted on
    150109
  • A great film and thought provoking. Very well said and like the poignancy of its meaning when grieving. Thank you Melissa for sharing.
    Posted on
    150107
  • A very sensitive and thoughtful film that explores complex - even controversial issues. The generational aspect of the film was interesting to see as well as how attitude have changed over the years. My only criticism is that I would have liked it to be longer - to allow us to pierce deeper beneath the surface, which is a positive, as it demonstrates how powerful and compelling this story is.
    Posted on
    150106
  • Lissa - such an interesting discovery of the 'line' you and Nettie both sensed that you couldn't cross. I wonder whether you would like to cross it? Ask her what the line feels like, or looks like - and what does it feel like, or look like for you? I loved this gentle, explorative film. From my perspective as a hearing person in a busy, NOISY world, just watching you on the swings, so intently watching and 'listening' was very soothing for me. All that I heard was a rhythmic sqeaking of the swings! Well done. I am so proud of the way you are not afraid to put things out there, for us all to consider and explore. Xxx



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    150106
  • I have watched this twice. I found it difficult to follow the thread. To be fair, I will watch it again. Although I am bilingual, I needed the subtitles to follow some of the signing.
    Posted on
    150106
  • Well done, great storyline and strong words.
    Posted on
    150105
  • The depth and breadth of this film is unforgettably powerful. I would like all parents, actually all people, to watch it.
    Posted on
    150105

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