FILM : Power in Our Hands
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About The Event
7pm Doors & Bar, 7.30pm event starts
£5 / £3 plus booking fee / Free for under 25’s and carers
Presented in partnership with Fresh Perspectives, Fabrica’s young film programmers group.
Exploring themes in Fabrica’s summer exhibition, Putting Ourselves in the Picture, the Fresh Perspectives team present a film about ownership, community and activism.
Combining social history and archive film with contemporary interviews, and released in the 125th anniversary year of the British Deaf Association, Power in Our Hands explores the secret history and heritage of the Deaf community in the UK.
“The cache of film clips, dating back nearly a century, reveals a secret history that has been largely ignored by the hearing world. Power in Our Hands recalls a time, in the first half of the 20th century, when deaf people were essentially regarded as second-class citizens and were reluctant to use sign language in public. It traces the birth of a deaf community, and of advocacy and ultimately militancy in the service of equal rights”. - Guardian
At the heart of the Deaf world is British Sign Language (BSL), the first language of many Deaf people. The Deaf community does not see deafness as a disability; instead positioning itself as a significant cultural and linguistic group with a rich and exciting history stretching back hundreds of years, and with the word ‘Deaf’ (with a capitalised ‘D’) an expression of cultural identity.
Rather than focusing on medical definitions of hearing loss, Power in Our Hands presents Deaf people as an active and resilient community that has long campaigned for its language to be recognised. From the social scenes of the 1930s, to the 2000 march supporting BSL recognition, this documentary will give people a glimpse into Deaf culture that is mostly hidden from the hearing world.
(2016, 1hr 15mins, PG, subtitled)
We recommend booking in advance for this event as places are limited.
Bookings can also be made in during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at Fabrica during office hours.
Once paid for, tickets are non-refundable.
Online bookings will close 1 hour before the event starts - unless ‘Sold Out’ there is likely to still be tickets available on the door.
Any alcohol brought into the premises will be confiscated as this breaches our premises licensing. We are a charity and an affordable bar will be open at the venue.
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