Diversity and Inclusion of the Disabled
In a recent interview, Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin reminds us that while diversity is a "beautiful, wonderful thing," people with disabilities are often not considered part of the diversity mandate. The titles on this list examine the various portrayals of deaf, blind, and mute individuals.
2000 by Randa HainesGet this item
A teacher of a deaf pupil tries to help her cope and excel, eventually falling in love with her. William Hurt and Marlee Matlin's powerful performances transform the viewer. We experience the world of the deaf and see how they overcome communication barriers. The romantic angle complicates and enhances their relationship.
2005 by Sanjay BhansaliGet this item
This 2005 film, through a series of flashbacks, depicts the life of a young deaf and blind girl living in India and her relationship with her teacher. The film derives inspiration from the story of Helen Keller. (See entry below). How the teacher communicates with his student is creative and amazing. Poignant and moving.
2014 by Anthony DoerrGet this item
During WWII the lives of a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy collide as they try to survive the physical and emotional turbulence of the war. The novel won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for its elegant and evocative prose.
2015 by Eric LindstromGet this item
The story of a 16-year-old coed with a fierce tongue and an attitude to match, who has been deeply hurt by a boyfriend from 8th grade. Our protagonist (who happens to be an orphan and blind) does not cope well when the ex-boyfriend transfers to her school. It is the dimension that her blindness adds to both everyday and atypical teen angst which captured my heart.
2001 by Arthur PennGet this item
Originally released as a motion picture in 1962, this dramatization provides insight into the struggles of the deaf, blind, and mute student Helen Keller as well as her inspiring teacher, Annie Sullivan. Their outstanding performances earned Anne Bancroft Best Actress and Patty Duke Best Actress in a Supporting Role recognition at the 1963 Academy Awards.
2008 by Robert MillerGet this item
A film adaptation of the best-selling book by Carson McCullers (1940) made in 1968, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, and Cicely Tyson. The story of events surrounding two friends, both deaf mutes, living in a small mill town in Georgia in 1930. The trials and tribulations suffered by both enhances our understanding of how difficult life with disabilities could be during that time.
2012 by Georgina HardingGet this item
If you want to view life in rural Romania in the 1950s through the perspective of a deaf and mute boy who communicates through pictures, Painter of Silence is your window to that world. It is also a story of a middle-class family and the effects that World War II and Stalin's brutal communist regime had on them and their community.