What Happened to a Movie, “I Am Not Your Negro”?


I was hoping to see a movie called I Am Not Your Negro with open captions. It was slated to open at most of theatres on February 3rd, 2017. The movie won the People’s Choice Award in the documentary at 2016 Toronto International Film Festival as you can find the reference in the below. I’ve been looking forward to see this movie since January. Yes, there are two movies that has CLOSED-CAPTIONED or CAPTI-VIEW at two other locations. Again, the majority of Deaf community favours open captions.

I am a subscriber of DC Deaf Moviegoers, it is a weekly news where the owner of the site pick the movies of a choice and ask the subscribers to participate and pick which movie they want to see through a survey conducted by Google Forms. Surprisingly, there was not a survey included I Am Not Your Negro on the list for February 2017. With hopes to see if it is on the list for March 2017, it is still not there. See the sample below:



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Since Washington, D.C. is one of the largest Black cities in America, the latest demographics available by Wiki was 2010–it has rich history, home of Frederick Douglass, and many others including The National Museum of African American History and Culture that was just opened few months ago. I’m saddened that DC Deaf Moviegoers did not choose to include this important film for Deaf community to watch. Not only that, but it is also Black History Month, too.


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We all learn the healing from documentary films. Since the documentary films is essentially educational and social–particularly in its early stages when it involves facing truth what people of color had been gone through, must have minimal mastery how to face with truth for engaging in future documentary that involves a strong movie like I Am Not Your Negro. 

Documentary is not a world of its own. It is not even a world because documentary is in the world, because it is affected by situations, and because it orients itself comprehensively in those situations, documentaries has something to heal all people to change and grow socially as well as academically. We all must face the reality that Racism exists–even in Deaf community, too.

Yes, sometimes we all need to stand in front, too, to help create a healthy setting in which each individual can change and everyone can grow. Again, I was really surprised that DC Deaf Moviegoers did not select I Am Not Your Negro makes me wonder. It would have been good movie.


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A Powerful Deaf Documentary


There is a quote that keeps me thinking about that all the time, Adorno once said: “The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying glass

The magnifying glass will make you think as long as you watch a documentary by Deaf Nation; Deaf People in Tibet is sure inspirational and powerful! The best thing is that it is free to watch and it will worth every minute of your time-I mean, appreciate the filmmaking as the magnifying glass where Deaf people share their survival stories.

It is true that two percent in the world that Deaf people have access to education. We all know that education is the mother tongue of all in Deaf world today. There is no way we cannot be ignored from educational wonders. I would like to share my reflection about Deaf people in Tibet-first of all, we need to take a serious look at ourselves and realize that we are selfish in many ways. The documentary shows it all: the field of sociology and human-environment interactions what Deaf People in Tibet had shown.

We need to study more into the social dimensions of major education problems where Deaf people there have been banned. It’s incredible the society allows that kind of behavior. We also need to step back to consider the broader concepts, for example, education use to explain the causes of social problems and their possible solutions. With these insights in hand, we need to take a closer look at how social movements have responded to and shaped outcomes of different educational controversies.

In the last part of Deaf People in Tibet, it has applied what we have learned to an analysis of current education for Deaf people around the world chosen by oppressors of the hearing world. Because…this is a human fact that Deaf People in Tibet should not be suffered at all. Deaf people around the world, corners of it, have every right to education, among other things, the art of making distinctions.

Yes, Deaf culture is wrapped up in silence; a surge of information, knowledge, and communication is the major key to Deaf people’s pursuit of happiness today. The documentary is worth watching and helps us to honor our past and to heed our possibilities for the future.

Here’s the link to watch a documentary with subtitles–remember, it’s free!



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