LISTEN

The Theme of the Film

Is music really only to hear? Melodies and rhythms created by the hands, faces and bodies?can these also be classed as "music"? This is an excerpt from an experimental visual poem that is an antithesis to the idea of “music is to hear” and that tries to picture the “music” that Japanese Deaf people created in silence.

“Four Seasons” by an elderly man composed using American Sign Language and a sign language poem that his mother told him, a group dance resonating with improvisation, a woman’s song exposing her soul…. 58 minutes of silent film performed by Deaf people using their signs and “dances”.

Film Information

ORIGINAL TITLE: "LISTEN"

2016/58min/Japan/DCP
NoDialogue,
Japanese Sign Language

Produced, directed and shot by Eri MAKIHARA and DAKEI

Publicity by Deaf bird Production
Productions by Deaf bird Production
Distributed by UPLINK Co.

Cast:
Akihiro YONAIYAMA, Tomomi YOKOO,
Shizue SAZAWA,
Makoto NOZAKI,
Akito IMAI,
Aya OKAMOTO,
Takaki YASHIRO,
DAKEI,
Kazumi SANO,
Miho SANO,
Chiemi HONMA,
Ayako KOIZUMI,
Nozomi YAMAMOTO,
Karin IKEDA,
Daisuke IKEDA

CONTACT Info
Email:listen2016deafbird@gmail.com
Office site : http://www.uplink.co.jp/listen/