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Zoom Focus: The End

Drama: What happens when deafness is 'cured'?

Award-winning drama made in a documentary style. The End portrays the impact of a revolutionary ‘treatment’ that offers Deaf people the chance to become hearing. As a group of Deaf children grow up, we find out how the ‘treatment’ affects their futures as they decide whether to take it or not. With the political and medical professions pushing the idea of a ‘cure,’ a unique culture is threatened with extinction, and lives and relationships are changed. The End is director Ted Evans’s second film, and was made as part of the BSLBT’s advanced filmmaking scheme, Zoom Focus.

This film has subtitles for both Deaf and hearing viewers.

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This film is so beautiful. Everything about it is beautiful. I've seen it over 10 times and still cry each and every time. So true: deaf people are beautiful. I pray we never lose them.
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Great short film. It highlights lots of emotional and political issues.
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HI everyone,

My name is Ted I'm the director/writer of The End. I'm really honoured you guys have left comments about our film. I hope you have been enjoying it, please share with your friends and family.

I wanted to let you know about the Facebook page for The End: www.facebook.com/theend.film

There you can find pictures, festival information and some behind the scenes clips.

Thanks again for watching.

Ted : )
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I am very disappeared because I know what do i doing in future. You know why are people last one person, i don't understand what are they mean. You can clean sentence english,please. The End, i am sad and upset i know how are they feel in the end. Thank you so much

I like it quite because people uses BSL but i understand what are they saying and i uses clean bit voice and i am fully deaf. Deaf people is beautiful. :)
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I am hearing but love learning BSL; learning at level 3. I have begun my own baby signing class to bring signing to hearing children. I am hopeful that by showing the hearing what a lovely language BSL is they will endeavour to continue to study it.
When we can all sign, then deaf & hearing people will have a true choice. Being hearing or deaf is not the root problem, not having the ability to communicate within society is.
I hope to teach all my family some fairly basic BSL, but it is hard at the moment, because I am just not that good at it, at a conversational level.
And what makes me really mad is that hearing parents of deaf children do not get trained in BSL free of charge! That is so wrong, arghh!
As medical treatments change and it becomes more likely that hearing parents will opt for 'a cure' for their deaf child, I worry for terrible isolation of those left outside of the hearing world.
If we can teach our hearing kids French, Spanish, etc, we can teach them BSL, no operations involved!!
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Good
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Such a heart touching video. Very beautiful! :)
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Good
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WOW this is great story and I come from New Zealand in Christchurch ,

Yes It is same in new Zealand but slower and still curry on NZSL and

need up grand of Skype mobile i pad etc but it cost lots of money special for deaf people
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Deaf Culture is a human diversity! Deaf people are human as other people. Being able to hear and speak doesn't automatically guarantee your right to have good life. Will never let Deaf Culture become a thing of the past. No way! Great film
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Powerful and very brilliant piece of filming.
Just goes to show how improvements and treatments can be made, but deafness was portrayed as being an illness but it isn't... They are deaf not ill.
Very tearful too... very powerful.
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There are many things left unsaid.
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A very interesting watch but upsetting as well.
Anyways i'm deaf and proud :)
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Make me so angry !!! I'm deaf and i'm so proud to be deaf ! No need adapt their world !! :)
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I'm hearing, work with Deaf people and have Deaf friends. I'm currently learning BSL Level 3.

This is an incredibly very moving, thought provoking film. The Deaf Community is a very special community, in my view, no hearing community matches the cohesiveness and bond that the Deaf Community has. The Deaf Community will survive, Deaf people and their friends (Deaf/hearing) will make sure of this.
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Sadly children who has implant cochlear in Colombia due to law it is free to provide a Implant cochlear. Guess what most of percentage, they aren't successful by treatment. Then they place into the deaf school and just learn sign language very very very late. Who has powerful??? Of course politics and doctors. Deaf children of parents has no choice and listen to doctor by recommendation obviously. Our deaf community such as association, parents, interpreter or deaf who has implant cochlear, deaf service needs to promote something that we want to overcome it. Just respect our deaf culture and society; however deaf adult who want to choclear implant, just up to them nor children and also hearing people who loss hear therefore get cochlear implant. But I prefer hearing aid than cochlear implant. From Colombia
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VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY HORRIBLE !!! make me feel sick and deaf world will fewer and fewer ...... very depress about cochlear implant ...... it very dirty film !!!!!!!
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What did treatment means? please anyone tell me?
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I am Deaf and being proud of myself being a part of Deaf culture. As steam cells are invented today, the treatment of deafness can happen near future. Therefore, Deaf people need to keep claiming the importance of Deaf culture to the society.
Next film may contain more Deaf culture so hearing people can understand what Deaf culture is and why we treasure it.
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Very powerful film as others have said.

I am hearing learning BSL, I don't believe that the Deaf culture will ever disappear, it may change over time but as it has such a strong close base that it will continue and with more access for people like myself to learn BSL and integrate into our daily lives that surely has to benefit both Deaf and hearing people and allow them to enjoy each others company.

My take on Aaron at the end was that his regret was not at choosing not have the operation, but in not making more effort to accept Sophie's decision to have the operation. He could have made an effort to get to know her new friends and teach them some sign language to allow them to enjoy each others company. Sophie would not have forgotten how to sign and could also have helped to facilitate the flow of conversation between both sides, they might have had a few fun evenings at the beginning!

People need to be able to make an informed decision and just because they choose to have the operation does not mean that they have to distance themselves from deaf friends, it is still their heritage and culture and can be kept alive by both Deaf and deaf.
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GET A TREATMENT!? NO WAY!! THERE IS HALF MILLIONS DEAF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD! I AM DEAF TOO! KEEP BE DEAF PRIDE! STOP THE TREATMENT OR LET HEARING PEOPLE HELPING CURE THE DEAF PEOPLE!! SIGN LANGUAGE OUT LOUD AND HEAR NO EVIL!! DEAF PEOPLE BETTER THAN HEARING PEOPLE BECAUSE HEARING PEOPLE HEAR THE BULLSHIT, DEAF PEOPLE DON'T HEAR THE BULLSHIT!! BUT DEAF CAN SEE THE BULLSHITS!
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Inborn and acquired 'disadvantages' can engender adaptive change that can become an advantage just as 'advantages' can engender adaptive change that can become a disadvantage. Typically I think options are good and people should be allowed to choose for themselves. Unfortunately, policy often works against personal choice. How to do less harm and more good, that is the question. Not how to make others more like us. Diversity is a strength.
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I am not very surprised, but I do not think we will ever give into treatment. This is why we have such a proud community refused to give up until our voice to be heard.. this is why we have NAD! We have resources to stop hearing people being so selfish on deaf people. this is why we must stop the audism, and such silly treatments.This is why I am happy to be deaf
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What a horrible prognosis.
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Thank you very much for your prophetic video !!! God bless you all !!!
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Not surprised! The issue is happening all over the world. The hearing medical researchers/physicians will never ever understand the comfort zone of being in a Deaf culture. I respected some Deaf or Hard of Hearing people who feel a need to hear in order to HAPPY and NORMAL. Life is not great out there. There are unemployed hearing people... miserable hearing people... so many hearing murderers and terrorists and etc... Each person is different. Having a stem cell surgery is not the answer to inner joy. Stem cell surgery does not make you a better person. It is not a whole. Just a part of your body being "fixed". Sigh.... I have a choice to turn on or off my hearing aid. I can listen to sound and noise and then turn off my aid to hear nothing.... Best way to meditate... Everyone is different.
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I am the hearing parent of 2 deaf adults. Throughout the years my children have become strong advocates for Deaf culture. They have many friends, they do not consider themselves broken and in need of fixing. The loss of an entire culture would be so sad.My children don't just speak with their hands, they speak with their eyes their faces and their entire bodied and it is beautiful.
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I can't image if it's true. It will scared me if no communication with sign language. Our dream will never stop. Why does God allow our languages? Or why does human stop our sign language? They can't change our life period!
Any syndrome cults never change because the humans will not perfect.
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Well done, an excellent cross-over film. Maybe focus on the power of SL in next film to have this point made. Gave me goose-bumps to see Aaron as the last deaf man. I believe Deaf culture will survive and Sign Language too. Yes i am deaf, and proud to be deaf, and i sign too, and speak with hearing aids, I see a bilingual future. What do you see?
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Well, deaf people wont be vanish, so impossible. Hearing person can be hearing loss in anytime but mostly not hearing loss. Deaf can do anything. Deaf can have a job, kids, house or etc. Deaf and hearing people are the same expect different language that all. Hearing people should accept and be patient with deaf people. LIfe isn't fair.
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I greatly enjoyed this documentary. I was not aware of the stem cell research that as made available in the U.K. If I knew I was having a deaf or hearing impaired child I would have the baby treated as young as possible. People today have so many options to live the best life possible due to scientific research and modern medicine.
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Awesome video and really good education for both hearing and deaf people learn about the future for our deaf children so ensure we are work together to supporting to their right
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I enjoyed watching the children thank you for sharing that with me.
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Wow, powerful messages. Superb movie!
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Saw this at the Deaffest, it did make quite an impact on me, I would refuse a cochlear implant as its a mechanical intrusion that still does not take away the fact you are still Deaf however a Stem cell cure for hearing loss is a very difficult one, I would base my choice on what is more important to me, if I was in his place I would have chosen my love for Sophia over my desire to keep my Deafness, if remaining Deaf would ensure my happiness I would have done that also, if it was offered to me, I would have to choose on the basis of love and happiness not a desire to be "normal". had he choose his love for Sophia he would not be lonely in the world at least he can record Deaf history for future generations to know about.
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Just.......wow.

I am hearing, my 3 year old daughter is moderately deaf. Whilst watching this she asked me if she could take her hearing aids out, presumably for some peace and quiet! This docudrama really give one food for thought.

It's left me thinking if deafness could be 'cured' they would move on to blindness, Down syndrome, ME, MS and everything else you could think of until everyone is 'normal', a little bit like Hitlers vision.

Thanks, it's been a pleasure to watch.
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A very Kafkaesque nightmarish breakdown of what it means to be a person identifying as Deaf in a hearing world, where they're subjected to the illusion of free will and choice. As a deaf, BSL using person who, a few years ago, chose to start wearing a cochlear implant, this has had a tremendous impact on me. I wholeheartedly agree with the message that one should not let the mainstream define who they are, nor should our heritage as a minority culture be removed, especially in a manner reminiscent of ethnic cleansing with a political basis behind it. Just like how Orwell portrayed the conflicts between Eastasia and Eurasia fluctuating, but changing the language so that the brainwashed masses genuinely believe the bull being fed to them, these deaf people in the film (aside from Arron) blindly follow propaganda leaving the pockets of resistance isolated and manageable.
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This made me cry, then I stopped cutting the onions. My favorite part was the old man in the shrinking as it helped me to realize I needed to move my TV.

Thank you, Ted, for making a drama that had so much impact on me.
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Oh... THE BEST!

The end ... deaf cultur and sing language:(

Best regards.
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Miss P's ASL2 class in Pasco County, Florida (Fivay High School):
We felt this movie was very moving and chilling. It really helped us, as hearing students learning sign, understand deaf society. We look forward to many more of your movies.
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Although I'm classed as hearing I have been slowly loosing my hearing acuity for number of years and I'm always looking for ways to improve communication.

I am very familiar with the profound feeling of isolation that a person with a non visible disability experiences as I am moderate to severely dyslexic. In today's terms I would now be classed as having ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Because of this my view of the world around me is profoundly different form the so called norm. In the schools I attended there was no support for my learning difficulties and I had very strong feelings of isolation and because no one knew what to do at that time there was limited support within my "normal" family. So when I looked at this film it struck me as being particularly narrow because the emphasis was toward, as the film stated, a cure for deafness. There seemed to be little consideration of how the deaf community and deaf individuals communicate and view themselves. Perhaps rather than attempting to isolate or "cure" the deaf community everyone would benefit from learning to sign (ASL). There are many situations in this world where the ability to sign would benefit all members of society.

The numbers game being played throughout the film seemed designed to support the premise that deafness was something that needed to be cured and therefore was justification to further reduce specialized support and schooling facilities. Throughout the file the people making the decisions showed little compassion or understanding toward the deaf community. This lack of compassion and understanding gives a very unbalanced view of the deaf community and how education and support would benefit everyone. The deaf community does not benefit from this kind of unnecessary pressure.
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Ted-
A truly thought-provoking film which gave equal aspects of natural consequence of neglecting certain community. I'm looking forward to see what else you will shine the lights onto..
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WOW, IT TOUCH MY HEART AND I COME FROM FOUR GENERATIONS DEAF FAMILIES AS MY CHILDREN ARE HEARING.. IT BOTHER ME AT FIRST BUT I LOVE THEM SO MUCH AND THEIR FIRST LANGUAGE ARE SIGN LANGUAGE. MY SISTER SUZI HAS DEAF CHILDREN AND GRANDKIDS SO MAKE TO 6TH GENERATION DEAF FAMILIES. MANY THANKS FOR SHARING THIS VIDEO! ;)
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This flick is what I call "authentic" to reflect the situation to tell it as it is. There is plenty the so-called hearinf or general public simply do not grasp and comprehend.

Most people are exposed to tonnes of myth, old wives' tales, distortions, rumors and norms for all to lo & behold, to embrace as Gospel truth and socially acceptable. History repeats itself with battles, wars and fallacies that result from all the conformity we can see with flocks of sheep and cattle with the herd instinct. Bison on the plains or prairies stampede to run off the cliffs because they can hear and follow the trends.

Mainstreaming does more harm than good mainly because D/deaf students get nothing in social skills and interpersonal relations with the interpreters, but also very few intelligent peers and teachers for their benefit. It is much better to mingle with our own type to enjoy life and for solidarity than to be lost in the wilderness.



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I can't anymore watch this vidéo, i don't understand why?
Before, on the old site, i was able to watch it, but now no on the new site?
I'm sad because this film is very good, i d like to show it to my friends hearing

PS: sorry for my bad english, i'm in the french.
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SEND ME MORE VIDEO.. FROM PANAMA
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Thought provoking film great for debates in BSL classes from level 3 upwards. Made me think BSL is a great language whether for Deaf or hearing. Great acting throughout, nice to see the young ones too.
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hard to imagine this film
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HI there, this is Ted, I wrote and directed The End. Thanks for all the comments, it's really cool to see people still talking about the film.

To the chap or madam who posted the comment below about Arron at the end of the film - I just wanted to clarify that he did not regret turning away the treatment - he lived on, proud of his culture and who he was. His final words in the film was to say to the world 'I'm a deaf' as if to say, 'that's who I am'. However he was regretful that the treatment, changing of the times and perhaps his anger and determination cost him some friends and people he loved. Sophia was the biggest regret of his life, they wanted to be together but Sophia did not want to fight, what she thought was, the inevitable. She wanted a different life and that was why they didn't stay together, they became different people.

So in essence I wouldn't say the ending is bias in that respect, the story still delivers a diverse perspective, shows different choices and after all it is a fictional story.

Thanks again for posting a comment.

Regards

Ted
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Wow, what an amazingand deeply thought-provoking film. I am hearing (but studying BSL), but I'm guessing this is a highly controversial issue for D/deaf people. Is an jnability to hear a "disability" or an "illness" that needs to be cured, or a valuable and essential part of D/deaf people's identity? If science can cure deafness in the future, then why not "cure" homosexuality too, or change the colour of your child's skin to give them a better chance in life? Better, surely, to tackle discrimination and teach children that difference in society is not only acceptable, it's desirable?
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i watched the film , the end today tues 15 jan 13. i am a stage two bsl, signer... a little bit out of practice . but i thought that your film was just the only film i have ever seen that was really really good. just brought home all there is to know and understand about deaf people and deaf culture that hearing people will never understand. i thought it was just brilliant. thanks for making the film. e harman (ted)
i apologise if i have'nt made myself clear enough. but i think you get the point....... ted
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A very poignant film. As long as we continue to embrace the deaf culture, it will still be there as a part of society. Although I am hearing I would lose part of my identity if it disappeared because I have grown up with a profoundly deaf sister my whole life. My only gripe is that nowadays I think too many deaf schools are closing down when they are actually the foundation for establishing and embracing deaf culture amongst the deaf and hard of hearing.
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Fantastic film, very thought provoking. Thank you.
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i have same plms my real mom got married second time and my step dad both wont sign in the house no so i had go speech theaprhy for 12 yrs and plus my elem school two year and my high school four year i had enough and i speak good but my ear is deaf if i put myhearing aids is bugging me like door bell no i like be deaf but no one reject i wiht hearing and deaf culture no matter what u fit in they love learn to sign bec i am in usa that why
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WOW. brought a tear to my eye
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I come from a Deaf family and completely can relate with Aaron and how he reacted and I am already in that stage in America. There is too many broken pathways in the Deaf community hence (Sophia, Luke, and Mo character) but I'm getting a mixed message at the end. I'm not sure if this movie has bias? When Aaron reconciled his moments of when he was angry. Is he saying he should have gotten the "treatment" earlier that's the mixed message in the whole film. But otherwise the film is great and a good insight of what the future could be like. It's unfortunate!
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SOO beautiful show I feel proud of u!!
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A brilliant short moving documentary about Deaf Cluture and enjoyed every minutes of it. There are now 100% Hearing Parents who have Deaf/Hard of Hearing child in this society. I am sure that Deaf Culture will continue now and forever. It will never be gone!!! Well done to all those take part in this documentary.

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Wow! this film are powerful!!
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Whether you are hearing or deaf, I 100% recommend you watch this film with subtitles. There is spoken content which deaf people will struggle to understand without subtitles and there is BSL which many hearing people will not understand...

This film was written and made with deaf and hearing people in mind, we really wanted to make a crossover film from the perspective of deaf people and deaf culture.

Myself and the team behind The End quite rightly want the film to be accessible for everyone - However watching the film without subtitles will most certainly prove to be very difficult.

Please watch this film with subtitles.

Kind Regards

Ted Evans - Writer/Director of The End.



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I thought this film was absolutely stunning and emotional! I loved every second of it! It's such a great way to expressing the deaf culture in a documentary-feeling. Although, I know a friend who's acting as Luke, I thought all the cast were amazing in this film.
Thanks ever so much for filming this! I truly enjoyed it.
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Thank you for sharing this video... It' worth 23:48 minutes.. That is what I am thinking about situation and good future for them, but sad Deaf "GONE"
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I'm hearing. "The End" was thought provoking. I felt it for the character Arron who wanted to maintain his Deaf identity but in the end his hand was forced because as time went by there were no Deaf people left for him to communicate with. The character Luke who received the treatment struggled with the life he had after treatment - maybe because he had spent a good part of his life Deaf.

A good film.
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