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Making Noise in Silence is a short documentary that explores the richness and complexities of Deaf culture from the perspective of two Korean high school students who attend the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. Born and raised in South Korea, Jeongin Mun and Min Wook Cho have strong ties to their Korean heritage and learned Korean as their first language. However, what separates Jeongin and Min Wook from most children of immigrant families is that they are also deaf. When their families moved to the United States, their deafness automatically put them into an entirely separate cultural group with its own language, customs, and history.
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"Making Noise in Silence is a sensitive and thoughtful documentary that would be an excellent addition to Disability Studies and Deaf Studies classes. Through the personal experiences of two Korean-American high school students, the film illustrates numerous key concepts, such as intersectional identity, oralism, multiple perspectives on deafness within the family, and the empowering impact of being in a culturally Deaf environment. It also provide a lovely picture of the "ordinariness" of d/Deafness by portraying the students' daily life at the school. I have screened the film in my class and highly recommend it to other instructors seeking to connect Disability and Deaf Studies theory to the lived experience of different audiological status. It would also be useful in Asian-American Studies classes and other curriculum exploring the culture and history of California."
-Annie Tucker, Ph.D., Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles
“Scenes in which cheerleaders sign instead of scream and wrestling coaches must communicate in American Sign Language are as fascinating to watch as a young Korean-American artist laying out her plans for a large wall mural.”
-The Huffington Post
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Mina T Son Mina T. Son is a Los Angeles-based Korean American filmmaker whose films have screened at film festivals and museums including the National Gallery of Art, Margaret Mead, Traverse City, Mill Valley, and Cinequest. A two-time Student Academy Award Regional Finalist, Mina has been awarded fellowships and funding from Independent Television Service, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Film Independent, PBS/CPB Producers Academy, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission, and Center for Cultural Innovation. Mina holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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