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#WorldDeafDay – 27 films to be shown at Chennai disability film fest


About World Deaf Day

World Deaf Day is celebrated every year in last week (last Sunday of the month of September) of the September to draw the attention of general public, politician and development authorities towards the achievements of the deaf people as well as deaf people community. Throughout the celebration of the event, all the deaf people organization worldwide are encouraged greatly to fulfill the demands and needs of the deaf people as well as increasing their rights all over the world.


World Deaf Day History

A person named, Granville Richard Seymour Redmond (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in the year 1871) got deafness because of the scarlet fever in his early childhood. He was supported by his family to a lot and given higher education in a special school. He was the owner of the natural artistic talents which was getting spread all over the world. He also learned the painting, drawing and pantomime from the famous California School of Design in San Francisco. He was very talented as same as a normal person. Because of this reason, the World Deaf Day is commemorated all over the world for the deaf and by the deaf for their healthier conditions, better life, self-esteem, nationality, schooling and work.


Margarita with a Straw will be screened at the film festival —Photo: Special Arrangement

Margarita with a Straw will be screened at the film festival —Photo: Special Arrangement

Twenty seven films will be screened at the sixth edition of AbilityFest2015 India — an international disability film festival — at Sathyam cinemas from September 28 to October 1.

Award-winning films from across the world have been selected to give this year’s festival a global perspective on disability and inclusion.

AbilityFest2015 will be inaugurated by actor Kalki Koechlin. The short film Him (from United Kingdom), which is “a reflection on life, stillness, and the nature of ageing” and I sign, I live (from The Netherlands), which follows the journey of a young man as he deals with “being deaf in a hearing world”, figure in the inaugural screening.

In the evening, on September 29, Margarita with a Straw will be screened, marks the first time a public screening with audio description for the blind is organised. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Shonali Bose, co-director Nilesh Maniyar and Revathy.

Other films to be screened at the festival are Iranian films M for Mother (Mim Mesle Madar ) and thePainting Pool (Howze Naghashi), Dolphin Tale (from the United States) and the German film Run if you Can ( Renn wenn du cannst ), which have been brought to the festival by the Iran Culture House, the United States Consulate General and the Goethe Institute respectively.

An exciting component of AbilityFest is the All India One Minute Film Competition on disability, “ 60 Seconds To Fame!”.

This competition serves as an important tool to encourage creative and inspired thinking on the theme of disability, specifically, on inclusion.

There will be four screenings every day —10 am, 1pm, 4 pm and 7pm. The screening schedule is available on the Ability Foundation website (www.abilityfoundation.org).

Entry is free.  Please contact 939675544 for information and passes.


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  1. חגית גור זיו

    September 24, 2016 at 1:27 am

    for the WorldDeafDay watch my film
    Sign Discourse : the Deaf tell about their world


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