ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

Sunday, March 9th, 7:30pm

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival

Sounds for Mazin

Ingrid Kamerling, 2012, 19 min

In this documentary short the Sudanese/Dutch Mazin (12) is deaf from the day he was born. But now he faces an operation that is supposed to make him hear.Excited about all the new things he might discover, Mazin is looking forward to it. How will a dog sound? And fishes, do they make any noise? But he keeps on having second thoughts. For one of his closest classmates a similar operation turned out to be a disaster. And even if he succeeds, the world as he knows it might never be the same again, he feares. Will he get used to this whole new universe, or will it make him go crazy?

Lost & Sound


Lindsey Dryden, 2012, 76 min

1 in 7 of us will experience some kind of deafness in our lifetime. So what would happen to the

music you love, if your hearing was lost? Made by a partially deaf filmmaker after the future of

her own hearing was called into doubt, Lost and Sound is a moving and fascinating documentary

that follows music critic Nick Coleman, dancer Emily Thornton and pianist Holly Loach over 2

years, as they journey deep into sound and silence to re-discover music after deafness. The film

weaves its way through a startling world of altered sound. It combines intimate filming with

original animation, a rich musical soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually

sounds like), and new insights from the world’s top neuroscientists, to tell the story of the great

human love affair with music. Features New York Times bestseller Dr David Eagleman, composer Professor Nigel Osborne, Dr. Katie Overy, Professor David Huron, Dr Robert Zatorre and science writer Philip Ball.


Q&A with Alexandria Wailes




ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.