Egyptian Film Director Uses All-Deaf Cast for New Movie

April 12, 2017

In Egypt — there will be a movie with an all-Deaf cast of 30 actors— which might be the first time in the history of Egyptian cinema. 

 

This is interesting — a hearing film director was working on making a movie with hearing actors — a “normal movie” — but when he found out there were many Deaf people in Egypt and that many were talented actors — he decided to create a second, separate film with an all-Deaf cast. 

 

The director filmed all scenes twice, one with hearing actors and one with Deaf actors. The Deaf actors wear the same clothes, the same lines, everything. The film was shot in Egypt and China and will be released in June. The director said the Deaf actors were very talented and that they must be given a chance. 

 

A Deaf actor said he was very happy to be involved because growing up in Egypt he never understood what the actors were saying (no captions or interpreters).

 

An interpreter was involved in helping communication between the cast and crew — and was invovled in translating the film scripts into sign language. She believes the film will create a turning point for Deaf Egyptians. 

 

Al Monitor Article: http://bit.ly/2o5FhLc

Egyptian News Feature (FB Video): http://bit.ly/2p8AdaS

 

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