Sometimes you hear about a story, and the only reaction you can honestly have is to go, “Oh man! That is so cool!” And then to keep saying that over and over and over again– sometimes to another person, and sometimes just to yourself. So it is with the film Deaf Jam, which will be screening tomorrow night (March 14th) at the Creative Alliance. Deaf Jam follows the story of Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen, who seizes the day when she’s introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and boldly enters the spoken word slam scene.This would probably be interesting enough to most viewers, but the story becomes even more amazing when Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in Queens, meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration and perform a duet, creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf. Need we say, “wow?”
The screening at the Creative Alliance is being organized by parents of deaf children working to raise understanding of the deaf experience. And for the folks at the Creative Alliance, the cause is a personal one. The Sous Chef at the Marquee Lounge is Scott Clark, whose wife Sharon is proud mom to daughter Sarah Joella, who was born deaf. Following the screening, there will be a dynamic panel discussion, featuring Aneta Brodski (from the film), Sharon Clark, and Zachary Handler of the American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC). But be sure to get there early, because Aneta Brodski and Femi the DriFish will perform live in a mini poetry slam. Oh man! That is so cool!
Deaf Jam is playing tomorrow night, March 14th at the Creative Alliance at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15, $10 for members. Presented in partnership with ASDC as a fundraiser for families to attend ASDC’s Biannual conference in June. For more information, visit www.creativealliance.org.