BDA Film Archive Screening


Date: Thursday 9th October 2014

 

The BDA Film Archive Screening took place at Zebra Uno, Creative Industries Centre in Wolverhampton last night and was a great success.

 

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Zebra Uno's team welcomed John Hay, Regional Deaf Heritage Officer (Midlands) for the BDA, who led the event.  A group of intrigued attendees came along to the event ready for an evening of screened films showing the Deaf community from 1931 to 1990.

 

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The evening got underway with Dorothy Miles who is renowned for her beautiful sign poetry.  From black/white to colour, we witnessed the Deaf community from all over the UK using finger-spelling and sign language.  The rich variety of clips displayed all types of activities Deaf people participated in such as going on holidays, competing in sport events, attending campaign rallies and much more.

 

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Throughout the screenings, the attendees recognised certain people and remembered their names.  A little girl appeared on screen who was actually one of our attendees!

"Tonight was fantastic - I really enjoyed it especially seeing myself in one of the clips!  The film screening is important for Deaf children to see the Deaf community back then and to know that we do have a history" - Emma.

The BDA Film Archive Screening is part of the BDA's three-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The project's purpose is to preserve the archive of the Deaf community between 1931 and 2003 and enable public access to the film and video archive.  You can read more about this here.