Free Film Screening: “Deaf Jam”

How many times have you seen an American Sign Language interpreter on television and marveled at their movements?  Have you watched someone performing ASL at a concert and been more mesmerized by them than the musician?

American Sign Language is the primary language of many North Americans who are Deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  ASL is a complete and conceptual language.  It is not a substitute for English; it has its own grammar and syntax.

On Wednesday, April 11, you have the chance to see this dynamic language in action! At 6:30 p.m. the Columbia Public Library will host a free screening of “Deaf Jam” as part of its monthly film series, Center Aisle Cinema.

This documentary follows the story of Aneta Brodski, a Deaf teenager living in Queens, New York. At her school, Aneta joins an extracurricular program to learn American Sign Language poetry.  Aneta’s world opens up as she is tantalized by the possibility of competing in a poetry slam with mostly hearing competitors.

Following the screening, students from MU’s American Sign Language classes will perform their interpretations of hit Broadway songs and today’s chart toppers.

If you’re looking for books with deaf characters:

If you’re looking books by deaf authors:

If you want to check out some new poetry: