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A Life Without Words (Una Vida Sin Palabras)

Adam Isenberg
2011 | 71 mins | Nicaragua

Quiet yet profoundly provocative, this is a haunting story of two siblings born deaf in rural Nicaragua. Dulce Maria (28) and her brother Francisco (22) have never strayed more than a few miles from the farm where they were born. With no written, spoken, or signed language, the siblings were never exposed to the traditional modes of communication and learning otherstake for granted. When a Deaf NGO worker arrives to try to teach them their first words, the unsettling drama that unfolds poses difficult questions about the meaning and nature of language, of aid work, and of documentary film.


This screening will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Ann Senghas, the Tow Associate Professor of Psychology, Barnard College of Columbia University.

Co-presented by Inclusion in the Arts and NYU Council for the Study of Disability

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