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Silent O Journeys to Washington University

February 26, 2010

I was so happy to receive an email from Mr. Alexander Zernovoj, District of Columbia Association for the Deaf (DCAD) Vice President confirming the acceptance of Silent Odyssey in the District of Columbia Deaf Film Festival. He wrote in part:

Congratulations! Your film, Silent Odyssey, has been accepted for the 3rd D.C. Deaf Film Festival, March 26 – 27, 2009, hosted by the District of Columbia Association for the Deaf (DCAD). The film festival will be held at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium.

You are cordially invited to attend our D.C. Deaf Film Festival. Not only you will have one free full combo pass to all two days of the film festival activities, you will also get an invitation for two people to the exclusive VIP Filmmaker Reception. There will be an opportunity for you to join in a Q & A and possible panel discussion with the audience at the film festival. More information on the panel will be released later.

More information will be posted on their website at www.ASLfilmfestival.com.

Now… what makes me really excited is the fact that my film focuses on the Filipino Sign Language (FSL). FSL in an ASL (American Sign Language) Film Festival seem interesting. And I am thinking that maybe because FSL was historically influenced by ASL anyway, the fest organizers considered that. SO showing would give the audience an idea as to what FSL is now, and what our Deaf Filipinos really feel towards the use of their own sign language. Would ASL signers feel bad because our Deaf are now fighting for recognition of FSL? I doubt it. Deaf Americans too must have had the same experience with French Sign Language. They in the process produced signs uniquely their own. They too fought, or are still fighting too? for the use of ASL versus oral education for the Deaf and/or Signing Exact English (SEE). I honestly do not know. But I know what most of Deaf Pinoys want and hope for…promotion of sign language use, FSL awareness, and its recognition and practice in all Deaf schools.

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