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Through Deaf Eyes

Emmy-winning actress Stockard Channing narrates this documentary that chronicles the history of deaf culture in America from the 19th century to the present day. Interviews with actress Marlee Matlin, community leaders and other deaf Americans provide an up-front and diverse perspective of this segment of society. Short films created by deaf artists are interspersed throughout the in-depth program.

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The Miracle Worker

A bout with scarlet fever has rendered Helen Keller (Patty Duke) blind, deaf and mute. When her parents can no longer cope with the feral girl’s tantrums, they call in novice but innovative teacher Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft). Though Helen perceives sign language as a finger game, Annie’s unflagging tutelage ultimately awakens in her charge the concept of words. Oscars deservedly went to Bancroft (Best Actress) and Duke (Supporting Actress).

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Michelle McNally is a deaf and blind young girl who’s trying to survive in an often harsh world while hoping to determine why she was dealt such a cruel hand. When jaded and stubborn teacher Debraj Sahai enters Michelle’s life, it’s for entirely selfish reasons on his part. Unexpectedly, however, the two end up forging a lasting bond, as Debraj works tirelessly to bring light and knowledge into Michelle’s wounded but boundless heart.

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