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'Deaf Jam' screening highlights culture of American Sign Language

Posted on 25 Oct 2011

Most of us think of poetry as either written or spoken, but what about American Sign Language (ASL) poetry? Last night's Community Cinema featured an advance screening of "Deaf Jam." The film follows Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, as she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a youth slam, leading to an unexpected collaboration.

Our panelist for the audience discussion was Arkansas School for the Deaf Principal Flint Fears. Along with his interpreter, Fears explained the complex, yet fascinating, world of American Sign Language. The audience was even treated to a Halloween themed ASL ABC story.

AETN & KUAR FM 89.1 were happy to be able to provide such a unique opportunity for everyone who attended and would like to thank Principal Fears for serving as panelist and the Arkansas School for the Deaf students who attended.

"Deaf Jam" will air as part of Independent Lens on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 11 p.m.