Deaf Child

24 April, 2018

Runtime: 72′

Synopsis

Tobias was already a year old when his parents were confronted with the news that he’d been born deaf. Their automatic reaction was to moderate their expectations—a deaf child, they assumed, was surely destined for an isolated, disadvantaged life. His father Alex de Ronde looks back on the life of his now young adult son and the choices he made as a father. The childhood photos, home movies and frank conversations with Tobias and his brother Joachim reveal how he managed to turn his disadvantage to his benefit. He connects the worlds of the hearing and the deaf through his job as a teacher of sign language. By unconditionally accepting his deafness, he’s able to address several issues, like raising a deaf child and its effects on other family members, and the absurd consequences of having a disability status.

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by Alex De Ronde

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The film was followed by a panel discussion with:

Ryan Killackey

Ryan Killackey

Film Director

Director of ‘Yasuni Man

Maria Cristina Zucco

Maria Cristina Zucco

Legal Officer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Fernando Ponz Canto

Fernando Ponz Canto

Deputy Head of Division for Mexico, Central America and Caribbean

European External Action Service (EEAS)

Carlos Jimenez

Carlos Jimenez

Moderator

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC)

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