Get-hooked March 3, 2018
Oscar-nominated Live Action Short film gives voice to a deaf child
The film The Silent Child is one of this year’s nominees at the Oscars for Best Live Action Short category. The film tells the story of a little deaf girl, who discovers a whole new world of communication after she is taught sign language.
It is the first shot at an Oscar award for the director, Chris Overton, and the writer, Rachel Shenton.
The film is about Libby, a four-year-old deaf girl living with her family in a village in England. Her family treats Libby like a side character. It is only when she is about to start school that Libby’s family hires a social worker to make sure is well-adjusted.
When the social worker starts teaching her speech and sign language, Libby starts bonding with her.
The film goes on to tell a heartbreaking story of how their bond is broken. It closes with a message that 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
Will this story win the Oscar award? Only time will tell.
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