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Judy Lieff, 2011
USA | Spoken English and American Sign Language, fully subtitled | 70 minutes
New York City premiere!
Director Judy Lieff and film subjects Aneta Brodski and Tahani Salah in person at both screenings. Co-producer Steve Zeitlin in person at January 17 screening. Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poety Club, in person at January 19 screening.
This high-energy documentary explores the beauty and power of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry through the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski’s bold journey into the spoken word poetry slam scene. In a remarkable twist of fate, Aneta—an Israeli immigrant high school student living in New York—meets and then collaborates with Tahani—a hearing Palestinian slam poet. Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics as the two young women create a hearing/deaf duet.