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Celebrating National Week of Deaf People at Riverside

During one week each year, deaf people in Australia and around the world celebrate being deaf and being part of the international Deaf Community. In Australia, this is called the National Week of Deaf People which falls in the week commencing Sunday 18 October this year.

Primarily run by Deaf Australia, over the years other organisations including Deaf Australia (New South Wales) and Parents of Deaf Children have also collaborated to organise events celebrating National Week of Deaf People.

“We think that it is important that the New South Wales Deaf Community has the opportunity to come together to look at where we have come from and where we want to go in the future. We also believe that organising social events is part of strengthening and celebrating the community we are part of.” – Deaf Australia

Riverside is committed to providing access to quality arts experiences and an inclusive environment for all patrons. This includes patrons with disability and special needs. In keeping with this, this year we are screening two extraordinary films during National Week of Deaf People.

The first screening is The Bélier Family, an uproariously funny box office smash-hit about family ties, the joy of music and breaking free. In the Bélier family, everyone is deaf, except dutiful 16-year-old Paula who acts as an interpreter and helps run the family farm. Trouble arises when Paula witnesses the handsome new boy at school sign up for choir, and she joins to. A hit at the French Film Festival at Riverside earlier this year, this film screens on 18 October.

The darling of the international festival circuit, The Tribe has won more than 25 awards and screens on 21 October as part of National Week of Deaf People. Set in a school for the deaf-mute and filmed in sign language with no subtitles, this unique film takes you on a journey into beautiful cinema whilst testing audiences and pushing the bounds of cinema. This screening also features a Skype Q&A with Ukrainian feature writer and director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky.

Gather your family and friends and join us in celebrating National Week of Deaf People. Tickets for these screenings are on sale now.

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