Movies With Sign Language or Deaf Culture on Netflix Streaming

10 Apr

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:

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The Hammer

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.

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Switched at Birth

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.

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Through Deaf Eyes

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…

Sound and Fury Deaf Documentary In Her Defense Marlee Matlin ASL Movie

My Name Is Jonah movie with ASL Bridge to Silence ASL Movie

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4 Responses to “Movies With Sign Language or Deaf Culture on Netflix Streaming”

  1. Sherry owens January 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    I want to watch many many deaf movies on netflix pls. Thanks

  2. Mina February 25, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    “Listen to Your Heart” was the first I found on Netflix DVD. Although, the actress is not Deaf, there is ASL in the movie. The director and producer Kent Moran plays a major role. This film has won awards for independent films.

  3. Jak March 22, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2070649/

    This is the most powerful heart-wrenching movie I ever watch!

    Gang In-ho, who is working to earn money for his daughter’s surgery, is appointed to a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju. But what he discovers there is an ugly truth: the children are being physically and sexually abused by their teachers. When he decides to fight for the children’s rights and expose the crimes being committed at the school, In-ho teams up with human rights activist Seo Yu-jin. But he and Yu-jin soon realize the school’s principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth. — IMDb Plot: Silenced (2011)

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr

    http://seoulbeats.com/2011/12/ali-and-nayoungee-a-faux-pas/

  4. Wanda September 7, 2015 at 5:19 am #

    “The L Word” on Netflix. This movie deals with lesbian content. However Marlee Matlin stars in it. She is death and uses ASL. Watching this was the 1st time I was introduced to signing. I was fascinated by it. Sense then I have taken ASL classes to learn the language. 🙂

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