So I’ve been learning American Sign Language (ASL) and was looking for a list of movies with sign language on Netflix, but there wasn’t one. So here is my list of the ones I’ve found (available as of 10/09/2012), starting with a few personal recommendations:
This film tells the true story of retired MMA fighter and wrestler Matt “The Hammer” Hammill and his rise to fame. From his childhood to his college wrestling career, this dramatic rendition of his life is a fascinating sports story and a poignant examination of the Deaf experience. A must watch for Deaf and hearing people alike.
The groundbreaking ABC Family drama features two young girls who discover they were (as the title may suggest) switched at birth. One of the girls, played by Katie LeClerc, is deaf. Several other characters in the show are deaf and it features a variety of deaf actors, including the well-known Marlee Matlin. Sign language learners should take note of this show’s availability for Netflix streaming, as many scenes are entirely done in ASL with captions.
This PBS documentary runs nearly two hours long, but the time is well-used, encompassing everything from the history of Deaf culture in America and the beginning of sign language to modern day technology and media. The story is told by those who lived it, mostly in sign language, in a vivid and provocative way. This is a great exploration of Deaf culture.
And many more…