Documentary film to help deaf children in South Africa

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by Stephen Chapman

A film project has begun in partnership between the University of Manchester and the University of the Witwatersrand to help deaf children in South Africa.

It aims to raise awareness of their vulnerability as well altering society’s attitudes towards them.

“Deaf young people face very particular challenges in achieving their potential and becoming full citizens,” explained Professors Alys Young and Andrew Irving from The University of Manchester. 

"As visual people, they also have unique resources on which to draw. Through the pioneering use of community-based film methods, this project tunes in to their latent strengths as visual learners with the capacity to develop new resiliencies given the right opportunities.”

The project is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Medical Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund

It will be filmed over the course of 18 months.