Through Deaf Eyes Materials

The Film

"Through Deaf Eyes," is a two-hour PBS documentary exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. Created by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey, the HDTV program aligns the broad sweep of U.S. history with the experiences of Deaf people, showing how major social, economic, and technological shifts in America have changed Deaf lives. It is propelled by the stories of people both eminent and ordinary and conveys a broad range of perspectives on what it means to be deaf. Narrated by Stockard Channing, the film presents the story of Deaf life in America - a story of conflicts, prejudice and affirmation that reaches the heart of what it means to be human. A Deaf cinematic lens is brought to the documentary by six contributing filmmakers: Wayne Betts, Jr., Kimby Caplan, Arthur Luhn, Adrean Mangiardi, Tracey Salaway, and Rene Visco.
"Through Deaf Eyes" is a production of WETA Washington, D.C. and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. in association with Gallaudet University. Major funding for the documentary was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, The Annenberg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding was provided by Sign Language Associates, and Richard and Gail Elden.

  •  DVDs of the documentary are available at Shop PBS: [DVD] [VHS]


Gallaudet University Press is publishing a companion book, Through DEAF EYES: A Photographic History of an American Community by Douglas C. Baynton, Jack R. Gannon, and Jean Lindquist Bergey.

Poster Set

The Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center is coordinating the development of educational materials including a poster set for "History Through Deaf Eyes." To place and order or for more information, contact:
TTY/Voice: 1-800-526-9105
FAX: (202) 651-5708

DVD from Exhibition

DVD interactive: By Necessity and By Choice: How We Communicate was developed by Gallaudet Television & Media Production Services For information please contact:
Or TTY/Voice: (202) 651-5115

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