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How to Deaf

London Short Film Festival

How to Deaf is this year’s edition of London Short Film Festival’s annual touring shorts programme for D/deaf audiences, curated by in-house Deaf programmer Zoë McWhinney.

Short films from both D/deaf and hearing short filmmakers and storytellers navigate the ‘in between’ and grey areas of the D/deaf experience - from the romance of an unspoken language, to silent brotherly bonds, to the different ways D/deaf people experience the frequencies of club life.

Highlights include A Sonic Pulse, a Resident Advisor and Open City Documentary Festival commission by documentary maker Dorothy Allen-Pickard and French filmmaker Antoine Marinot. Pickard and Marinot bonded over their joint love of electronic music and were inspired by Marinot's own issues with hearing. The doc explores how deaf people experience electronic music, from the way they’re treated in the club to how deafness can inspire music production.

A hit across several other festivals (receiving this year’s LSFF Best British Special Mention and award-nominated at BFI London Film Fest, Sheffield Doc/Fest and more), Stroma Cairns’ If You Knew is also in the roster. A touching hybrid drama-documentary set on Canvey Island, twin brothers with hearing loss embark on a fresh start and find new meaning in family.

Programme details:

Dachaigh (Home) Will Clark/ UK 2019 / 10m / English subtitles
If You Knew Stroma Cairns / UK 2019 / 6m / BSL and English subtitles
Intimacy Ryan & Jackson Hogan / UK 2018 / 19m / English subtitles
Modir Patrick Barklamb / UK 2019 / 5m / English subtitles
Ernesto Edgar Murillo / Spain 2017 / 13 / English subtitles

A Sonic Pulse Dorothy Allen-Pickard / UK 2019 / 7m / BSL and English subtitles
Nice Talking to You Saim Sadiq / US/Pakistan 2018 / 19m / ASL and English subtitles

This programme is supported by the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.