Independent Lens: Deaf Jam

In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski is a deaf teen living in New York City who discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry.

As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a spoken-word slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.

While she is proud of her deafness, she does not want to be defined by it. She longs to be understood by everyone around her in the bustling city. Some of her classmates feel that Deaf culture is — and should be — claimed by a fierce embrace of deaf identity and respect for the unique beauty of its language.

Air times:
Sunday, November 6, 11:00 pm, WOSU TV
Friday, November 11, 1:00 am, WOSU TV