The Dance of Words

The Dance of Words

Over 200,000 people in Canada are deaf. For deaf francophones, Quebec Sign Language is essential to both their identity and their connection to the deaf community. In the past decades, parents and doctors have pushed for hearing aids, cochlear implants and a mainstream education for deaf kids. Yet this thrust into the hearing world has come at a price for some deaf students, who may have trouble following classroom activities and end up being marginalized.

The Dance of Words features young artists who have embraced their deaf identity in adulthood after spending a difficult childhood in the grey zone between hearing culture and deaf culture. These emerging artists show how they are using the arts to build a deaf culture that makes them proud. They shine a spotlight on their community while promoting and advancing deaf culture with a keen sensitivity.

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  • writing
    Yves Étienne Massicotte
  • research
    Yves Étienne Massicotte
  • direction
    Yves Étienne Massicotte
  • camera
    François Vincelette
    Jean-Pierre St-Louis
    Carl Elster
  • sound
    Mélanie Gauthier
    Olivier Léger
  • editing
    Louise Côté
  • original music
    Daniel Toussaint
  • research
    Doris Lapierre
    Chantal Deguire
  • sound design
    Daniel Toussaint
  • sound editing
    Daniel Toussaint
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • mix
    Serge Boivin
  • producer
    Anne-Marie Rocher
    Dominic Desjardins
  • executive producer
    Jacques Turgeon
    Dominic Desjardins