Voices from El-Sayed:
Director: Oded Adomi Leshem
Producers: Neomi Schory, Itay Ken-Tor, Liran Atzmor – Belfilms Ltd.
Documentary | 75/52 min | Israel 2009 | Hebrew&Arabic with English Subtitles.
In the picturesque Israeli Negev desert lays the Bedouin village of El-Sayed.
It has the largest percentage of deaf people in the world. Still, no hearing aids can be seen because in El-Sayed deafness is not a handicap. Through the generations a unique sign language has evolved making it the most popular language in this rare society that accepts deafness as natural as life itself.
The village`s tranquility is interrupted by Salim`s decision to change his deaf son’s fate and make him a hearing person using the Cochlear Implant Operation.
Edited: Aya Somech
Cinematography: Daniel Kedem
Produced for: The Second Authority for Television &Radio ,
Supported by: Gesher foundation for Multi- Cultural films.
Winner - Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award- Full Frame Int. Documentary Festival
SilverDocs International Film Festival, 2009
Rooftop International Film Festival, NY 2009
Full Frame Int. Documentary FF, USA, 2009
One World International Human Rights Film Festival, 2009
Kos International Health Film Festival, Greece 2009
We Care International Film Festival, India 2009
Rochester Deaf International Film Festival, USA 2009
Deaf New Zealand Film Festival, 2009
Transylvania International Film Festival, 2009
Rochester Jewish Film festival, 2009
Significan`t UK, 2009 - special screening
Jerusalem International Film Festival 2008- Special presentation
Rochester JFF, 2009
LA Israeli Film Festival, 2009
One World, Slovakia, 2009
Golden Apricot - Armenia Int. Film festival, 2009
Brazil`s International Disability Film Festival
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, 2009
Other Israel Film festival, NY 2009
Sheffield Docs, UK 2009
International Documentary Encounters Bogogta, Columbia, 2009
Taiwan International Ethnograpghic Film Festival, 2009
Planet in Focus Enviromental FF, Toronto, 2009
Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2009
Document 7 Film Festival, Scotland 2009
Joint screening; Washington Jewish Film festival and Gallaudet University, 2009
Jersey Shore Jewish Film Festival, 2009
Deafest UK, 2009
Watch Docs Poland, 2009
1001 Documentary Istanbul, 2009
Hartford Jewish Film Festival, 2010