Welcome to the ZOOM screening at the 2013 East End Film Festival. In 2008 The British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) was set up to commission short films and television programmes made by Deaf people for Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL). In 2009 BSLBT and Neath Films launched the ZOOM scheme to help younger, emerging Deaf filmmakers produce their first or second low budget short programme for TV broadcast on Film4 and the Community Channel.

The remit of the scheme was simple: if you are a new Deaf filmmaker,  you can apply for ZOOM and make a film of approx. 9-12 mins, and if you are more experienced you can make a film of 24mins under the ZOOM FOCUS banner. A total of 20 short films have been produced by 14 different directors since 2010 and many of the films have gone to have a healthy festival life winning numerous awards around the world.

To see more BSL films, and more from ZOOM, please visit BSLBT’s website. www.bslzone.co.uk, or for more information email zoom@neathfilms.com

The End | 24 min
Starting in the 1980s, The End follows 4 deaf children over 60 years. After the introduction of a treatment aimed at eradicating deafness, the very survival of Deaf language and culture is at stake. Featuring an ensemble cast, The End is a thought-provoking alternative vision of the future.

You, Me| 24 min
A charming family drama set during Christmas, telling 2 intercutting stories at both ends of the age range as a little girl learns that Santa might not be Deaf, and an old teacher must find a new calling after his Deaf school is closed due to budget cuts.

Confession | 24 min
Set in the aftermath of the Milan Conference, which promoted oralism over Sign language, Confession is a historical drama set during the Victorian era depicting the culture battle between oralism and Signing in the deaf community. Featuring the real historical figures of Alexander Graham Bell and Reverend Francis Maginn as they battle for the future of Deaf culture, the film depicts the true consequences of the Milan conference held 10 years previously.

Strangers | 24 min
Strangers is about a Deaf teenager in a hearing family, where communication is not clear. An interpreter arrives on her own because the social worker is held up, and suddenly the son has a voice with which to express himself, much to the astonishment of his parents.

Little World | 8 min
In this animated short set in the Victorian era, Little World tells the story of a young Deaf woman called Beth. Now an adult, she visits the crumbling old Deaf school where she grew up, and remembers fondly how it shaped her.

September 11 | 1.30 min
September 11 is a personal account of the effects of September 11, 2001 on a young Deaf Muslim teenager, who faces racism from both inside and outside the Deaf community, making her question her faith.

£8.00 Tickets will be available from the Genesis Cinema here

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