Global health film initiative - A life without words (Una vida sin palabras)

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Venue: Royal Society Of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE

In rural Nicaragua, Dulce Maria and her brother Francisco are deaf adults without any language spoken, written or signed until Tomasa, a deaf sign-language teacher, arrives determined to teach them their first words.

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A panel discussion with the director, Adam Isenberg, will follow the screening to explore the complexity of issues surrounding access to essential health services in this setting.

'The film, flowing with sublime images, is as poignant as it is captivating. We follow the awakening of Dulce Maria and Francisco with our heart hurting and a tight smile on our lips. Their lives without words reveal more than thousands of books. Not to be missed for anything.'
La Dépêche du Midi (France)

''transports you into another way of life--one which is both painfully difficult but also lifts the heart.'
Hearing Times (U.K.)

'Beautifully shot, movingly thoughtful, and ultimately transporting cinematic experience'
Ruth Cohen, American Museum of Natural History

'A masterpiece of aesthetic images and a plea for language as a fundamental human right.'
DOK.fest Munich

'A film of beautiful images and deep pain. It delves into the world of rural Latin America with a view that is neither anthropological nor paternalistic.'
El Otro Cine (Equador)

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6.00 pm


6.30 pm

Welcome and introduction

6.35 pm

A Life without words (Una vida sin palabras)

7.45 pm

Panel discussion
Dr Michael Yorke, Chair of discussion, Anthropologist and Senior Tutor Ethnographic Film, UCL
Adam Isenberg, Director of 'A Life Without Words'
Prof. Gary Morgan, Professor of Psychology, Department of Language & Communication Science, City University
Robert Adam, Research Associate, ESRC Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre

8.30 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

8.35 pm

Close of meeting

8.40 pm

Drinks reception

Meeting ref: GHD13

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