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Sound and Fury

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Through the eyes of Heather Artinian, a precocious six year old, we are witness to a family battle over a controversial medical device, the cochlear implant, which would help Heather to hear. Some of her family members celebrate the implant as a long overdue cure for deafness while others fear it will destroy their cherished sign language and way of life. A 2001 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

Media Details

Runtime: 1 hours 3 seconds

Closeup of a toddler looking away from camera. Caption. About development and language skills.
45 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: PT/TT -
Closeup of a doctor fitting a hearing aid around the back of a man's ear. Caption. Narrator. The microphone that will act as Eli's ear.
22 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: PT/TT -
Woman seated in an easy chair holds her hands out gesturing at the camera. Caption. I turn him loose on his bicycle to ride down to the mall.
48 minutes 3 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Senior man looks at a senior woman. Both smile at each other. Caption. For so long, language for Mom and Dad.
1 hours 23 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup on face of senior woman wearing glasses and pursing her lips. Caption. The tears were just streaming down my cheeks.
44 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: PT/TT -
Young boy wearing glasses and a red tee-shirt leans his elbows on a clipboard on a table while looking over at a woman in a purple shirt and glasses. She touches his back while writing on a paper in front of her. Caption. Say it again.
Our Special Life
Episode 6
4 minutes 51 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Person with a device attached to their head behind and above their ear and a wire leading to a device that is affixed to the back of their ear. Caption: It's called a cochlear implant, and it helps me hear.
Science Nation
Episode 79
3 minutes 5 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Seated man, right hand is front of him with fingers like a gun. Caption. I changed my mind. I wanted to give them the opportunity to be happy.
32 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 12
Digital color illustration of how the cochlear implant attaches to the inside of the human ear. Caption. The electrodes deliver a spectrum of sound impulses.
50 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: PT/TT -
Person reaches a hand towards a smiling young girl. A wire from her right ear is visible. Caption. She would now hear using her cochlear implant.
27 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: PT/TT -

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    Emily M. (Rockville Centre , NY)
    October 25th, 2021 at 07:42 PM

    Crucial documentary for exploring many angles of the decision for a CI.

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    Theontae W. (Tampa, FL)
    October 10th, 2021 at 09:14 PM

    Beautiful film that highlights deaf voices and their concerns and views with the cochlear implant.

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    MARIAN C. (BRISTOL, VT)
    February 10th, 2021 at 07:50 AM

    Wow wonderful

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    Lisa K. (Harwood, MD)
    December 9th, 2020 at 09:52 AM

    Great and insightful film!

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    Torri R. (Catawissa, MO)
    November 4th, 2020 at 08:06 PM

    Must view!

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    MARIAN C. (BRISTOL, VT)
    February 13th, 2019 at 05:55 AM

    highly suggest you watch this

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    Alery M. (Redding, CA)
    February 2nd, 2019 at 01:37 AM

    This is a great starting to start with he discussion abour cochlear implants.

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    Caroline H. (New York, NY)
    December 8th, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    I found " Sound and Fury" to be a wonderful, educational, documentary for anyone who is learning about Deaf culture. It was emotional, yet clear and concise. As a student of ASL for the first time, it hepled put Cochlear Implants into perspective. I'm pleased that my Professor at Suny Empire State College gave us the link to this media site. It is a great resource for students as well as anyone in the public, wanting to learn about so many different things. Your options are terrific! Thank you

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    Kecia S. (Anna, TX)
    September 19th, 2017 at 11:10 PM

    Awesome resource! I watched this documentary when I was taking Interpreting courses. Now, I am teaching ASL classes to high school students, and I was able to share it with my students! Thanks DCMP!

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    Tiffany D. (South Jordan, UT)
    February 8th, 2017 at 01:59 PM

    Great documentary showing many perspectives on cochlear implantation.

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    Pam R. (Fort Wayne, IN)
    September 7th, 2016 at 09:02 AM

    This documentary shows freshman students a side of deaf culture most have never seen, and shows families responding to the cochlear implant surgery. Very effective to use in my module on hearing impairment and deafness.

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    Ann B. (Duncanville, TX)
    May 4th, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Show both sides of the Cochlear Implant controversy allowing students to see from both the Deaf view point and the hearing view point.