The Silent Child - Oscar® Winning Short Film 

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Please turn on captions, as they are essential for the sign-language used throughout this film.
A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker gives her the gift of communication.
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"Gorgeously shot and perfectly performed, the movie delivers an emotional wallop that many features six times its length never achieve” - The New York Times
"Effortlessly heart-tugging" - Los Angeles Times
"A rich script from first-time screenwriter Rachel Shenton” - IndieWire
"It’s beautiful and it’s a real little movie. I loved it” - The Hollywood Reporter
Written by: Rachel Shenton
Directed by: Chris Overton
Produced by: Rachel Shenton, Chris Overton, Rebecca Harris, Julie Foy
Associate Producer: Ali Farahani
Production Company: Slick Films
Starring: Maisie Sly, Rachel Shenton, Rachel Fielding, Philip York
Cinematography: Ali Farahani
Music by: Amir Konjani
Edited by: Emily Walder
Sound Design: Greg Claridge
Executive Producers: Danny Ormerod, Vanessa Johnstone, Terry Murphy, Mo Chaudry, Ian Lowe
Distributed exclusively by Network Ireland Television (NITV) worldwide. Visit our website www.networkirelandtelevision.com.

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20 Nov 2020



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Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams Vor 33 Sekunden
My parents were the same, they just got bad advice and were against sign language. They loved me just the same though and just talked real slowly. Sign language would have been handy in picking up girls in college though, nobody likes dating anyone who can barely grunt out his ABC's like a neatheral.
Neptune Jin
Neptune Jin Vor 2 Stunden
I don’t get this stigma for deafness, it’s not the child’s fault and the solution is already there, sign language! What’s so difficult about that? The son already picked up some simple words, and not to mention you can just gesture + point and make some simple movements on your own for basic things. That’s your own child ffs, don’t you want to communicate with her and help her out? Libby is such a bright and lovely child with great potential, just a little of extra help and she can achieve a great deal, what’s the BS with her not being able to find a job? Big fat bunch of crap! It’s not like the family is poverty stricken and cannot afford some sign language lessons. A bit of professional help plus more patience in day to day life, that’s all. Sickening to see adults evade responsibility like this and push kids into meaningless and utterly necessary sufferings! Literally! And it’s so stupid! Helping your child is also helping yourself, makes life much easier if Libby gets right support and blend into school successfully. You don’t support her then her issue never got solved and keep coming back more and more serious
Mitoji Vor 3 Stunden
This make me cry, how the parents didn't care about the best for the little girl :'(
Annie Raj
Annie Raj Vor 7 Stunden
Excellent short film ..
Barbara Ryan
Barbara Ryan Vor 7 Stunden
This was a hard one to watch. My biological children (all 4 of them) had hearing difficulties. Thankfully, their hearing was restored with a simple surgery that repaired the eardrum. I still remember my oldest going home from the hospital kept looking around as we walked to the car. She kept asking me what was that. I didn't know what she was talking about. After a little more questioning, we determined that she had heard a bird singing for the very first time. I knew that she had problems before but didn't realize it had gotten to this extent. I sat in the parking lot and held her and cried. Even now those tears of happiness slow down my cheeks. Thank you for the short. I'm glad it won an award and has been posted here. That day with my daughter was one of the happiest I've ever had.
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Walter Küchenberg
Walter Küchenberg Vor 10 Stunden
Don't worry my dears, there will be a continuation of that movie! There you can see that Libby's brother is so shocked about the situation that he will just break with his career and learn to become a deaf Therapist. In that course he will teach his sister the sign language and help her to grow. Because of that the family will get so mad, that Libby and her brother will move out into a small apartment to get rid of this toxic environment. You will see - great crisis make great people!!!
Tutut Sari
Tutut Sari Vor 11 Stunden
I was a shadow teacher for deaf. Many parents said that their children burden them about money. The school payment -in my country- for deaf or other disability children (sorry) is higher than "normal" children
Avichal. Vor 12 Stunden
18:37 breaks my heart ..
Loretta Reckner
Loretta Reckner Vor 14 Stunden
I don't understand why?
Անի Կուռոյան
i feel sorry for you my beauty blue-eyed girl , your own mother dont want accept your rights to be in society ((((
Vaishnavi Dhamothiran
Vaishnavi Dhamothiran Vor 16 Stunden
I hope schools across the world will provide sign language in future
Kayla McClellan
Kayla McClellan Vor 16 Stunden
There was a little deaf girl I used to work with in equine therapy. I remember the very first day of class like it was yesterday. She wanted to know her horse’s name. I tapped her on the shoulder and signed, “Sunflower.” Her face light up when she realized that I could speak her language. She burst into a flood of signing- by far more than I could keep up with! I had to tell her to slow down and say it again. She wanted to know what the other horse’s name was. “Bear.” Why does Sunflower have a purple lead rope??? Well, I think that’s her favorite color. On and on we went. These kids are humans too- they deserve no less than the other groups out there yelling for their rights.
Rida Ch
Rida Ch Vor 16 Stunden
We all need such kind of supportive person in our lives.... Nd being silent is not the problem.. being alone is main cause.
DarkX GachaAndeo
DarkX GachaAndeo Vor 18 Stunden
*cries silently*
K Aynge
K Aynge Vor 18 Stunden
This story was amaizing but it was sad at the end
Amanpreet Kaur
Amanpreet Kaur Vor 18 Stunden
Sometimes it feels like people having normal ability of hearing are deaf by heart. They are unable to understand what their family, loved ones....want from them. They impose fucking society rules just to show their power. Even being a normal human, there was a time when I felt alone like the girl in this short movie feels in the end. All alone!.....
Bonsai Vor 20 Stunden
This definitely deserved an oscar . ❤️
jenjob428 Vor 21 Stunde
So so sad and yet so so true :(
Frizzie Bubblech
So the parent didn't care until the end?
Sammy Jones
Sammy Jones Vor Tag
I don’t come across many deaf or hard of hearing people in my life but I would love to learn Auslan, thank you for this short film.
Savannah Gallion
I realized I recognized one of the actors from the show "All Creatures Great And Small!"
Machung Dodum
We need a sequal for this movie.. where the child gets United wit the teacher again for ever 😭😭
rnorvegicus Vor Tag
Wow! Just Wow, on all levels!
Heena Pirankar
The fact that her brother took the initiative to understand some signs and knew she was asking for orange juice is appreciable
Carla Vela
Carla Vela Vor Tag
Asi es, la sordera no es el problema, sino el infierno que el núcleo familiar crea alrededor de los niños con sordera.
Tri Astuti
Tri Astuti Vor Tag
It's reminds me of Hellen Keller
Sreejith DKN.
Great acting, great casting. Movie with a message
A B Vor Tag
I was convinced it wasn't the end until it was. The ending is harsh ! Great short film
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Tessa Michael
Her mother needs real help and support.... she is out of touch
Sunita Varshney
Noreen Albright
Lord, give them eyes to see. Let children have options that need special assistance and help. It is very challenging for them. Surround them with supports and help in areas they need. Life is different for them and we have to support them, they should not be "lost". The hardest part is many families are dsyfunctional like hers. Parents don't see their child, invest in their child and make discouraging statements, not encouraging words and engagement.
Jay Vala
Jay Vala Vor Tag
FlowerPot Vor Tag
I really wish this was an actual movie, because i would watch it all the time
Sharon R.
Sharon R. Vor Tag
Elsea David
Elsea David Vor Tag
I teach 6 and 7 grades, I've been hoping to learn sign language since a young age but was told I didn't need to because I can hear perfectly well... I had a friend then a younger cousin who were deaf. Nobody around these kids ever bothered learning sign language. I think it should be counted as a second language from primary onwards. I thought the basis to my daughter. Can't find a school that teaches it. What a blast.
Juma Battak
Juma Battak Vor Tag
The last scene was so moving 😭😭😭
Lizzy Talks
Lizzy Talks Vor Tag
Does anyone think how she looks like Dakota Fanning when she was young. Such an actress in the making
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Rammsy Hartmann
Moin ihr plebs
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bro this is kinda cringe
Georgina Burke
gosh 78% of deaf kids don't have support at school. This would never happen in Australia. We are so lucky here.
Key Master
Key Master Vor 2 Tage
I'd like to give a shout out to all the deaf kids out there: "🗣️!"
Eenam Vor 2 Tage
The fact the mother refuses to learn sign language is disgusting! Like I've seen random people learn sign language for their neighbour or someone they know in their neighbourhood! 😣
Alex Swedenborg
Alex Swedenborg Vor 2 Tage
I love this film.
Maple fairy
Maple fairy Vor 2 Tage
It made me cry.
Moonwatcher Vor 2 Tage
Awesome film. I hope it will strongly contribute to improve deaf children situation.
Rainbow Unicorn
Rainbow Unicorn Vor 2 Tage
Her mom is extremely toxic. She refuses to learn sign language and get an interpretor for her OWN DAUGHTER. She gives every child attention, but not Libby, even though she's deaf and clearly unhappy. And seeing how she says "goodbye" when she's not facing her is just making me angry.
John Carson
John Carson Vor 2 Tage
The heart break, Rashma, is Parents who couldn’t cope. The girl has a wonderful brain, just couldn’t hear.. Don’t give them a fish, Teach them how to fish.
Karen Fuchs
Karen Fuchs Vor 2 Tage
How isolated these children must feel they need inclusion . and growth and understanding in schools and communities ! .
O. P.
O. P. Vor 2 Tage
Me ha recordado tanto a mi hermana... le ha pasado exactamente esto... gracias por esta pelicula
Ad Deenen
Ad Deenen Vor 2 Tage
Vasalis, a Dutch poet once wrote: "En niet het snijden doet zo'n pijn, maar het afgesneden zijn." The cutting doesn't hurt that much, however being cut off does. That is exactly what I recognize seeing the girl in this film.
Isabella Isabella
Isabella Isabella Vor 3 Stunden
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Dziki Fotograf
Dziki Fotograf Vor 2 Tage
That's true!
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Sunil Pratap
Sunil Pratap Vor 2 Tage
Very touching!!
Kalyan Mozumder
Kalyan Mozumder Vor 2 Tage
It is a nice n heart touching film.I am an Indian like all other Indians who know life has endless forms whether we can see or not. Let the every form live in their own world.
lincoln3307 Vor 2 Tage
Abrar Ezz
Abrar Ezz Vor 2 Tage
It's scary how this movie returned so much memories to me
Manesh Prasannan
Manesh Prasannan Vor 2 Tage
It's given me a good message and a heart-melting short film. Thank You so much for sharing!!
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Adelia Farmer
Adelia Farmer Vor 2 Tage
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education only doesnt make u human except injecting u with selfish ,anger and greed
Mustafa A A
Mustafa A A Vor 2 Tage
I was thinking to learn sign-languege, now i am making it a plan. I'm learning English and German , why not sign-languege too... Lets learn it together. Like or comment (that your'll learn it too) to show your support. Just imagine, we could say ' Hi, how are you ' to Libby ...
Thena Jay
Thena Jay Vor Tag
@Dziki Fotograf Thanks! :)
Dziki Fotograf
Dziki Fotograf Vor 2 Tage
@Thena Jay Great, good luck! :)
Thena Jay
Thena Jay Vor 2 Tage
I'm planning to learn ASL (American Sign Language) in high school.
Dziki Fotograf
Dziki Fotograf Vor 2 Tage
While ago I thought that sing language is one for everyone. But it isn't. Do you know, that every language has its own sing language?
Pink Remus
Pink Remus Vor 2 Tage
The film that took about 20 years a makr because they wanted to be accurate if so I truly respect that It’s hard enough to live with a disability but when media likes to twist it in the wrong way it makes it worse but this movie is a testament to proper research and understanding someone with a disability and wanting to do the right thing by them
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Anne Dwyer
Anne Dwyer Vor Tag
What is with the trend of people posting nonsense words as comments?? Annoying AF! If it's intended to be annoying, congratulations: it's working.
Olive Queen
Olive Queen Vor 2 Tage
Recently I’ve been talking to my parents about how instead of learning speaking languages such as French, Spanish etc in school, We should learn Sign language. You never know when u might come across someone who is deaf. It’s a great skill to learn. Knowing French isn’t going to help me in life. Knowing Spanish isn’t going to help me in life. But sign language could help someone who is in trouble. 9:40 that’s why we should learn it more
Lou Xie Xing
Lou Xie Xing Vor 2 Tage
Beautiful. Even though this is a film, it actually taught me a lot of vocabulary in sign language.
William George Dunbar
My eyes were teared up at the end. It is very emotional.
Bela Patel
Bela Patel Vor 2 Tage
Eye opener movie for local people .We should accept sign language widely>Beautifully presented
Gr Plem
Gr Plem Vor 2 Tage
This is a magnificent and heart warming (and wrenching) film - compliments to all involved and the amazing two female leads - can see why you won and congratulations. Thank you for illuminating and touching me profoundly today - just beautiful, G
darlene lipuma
darlene lipuma Vor 2 Tage
Absolutely heartbreaking. How many children don't fullfill their abilities because parents are too "blind" to see and do what's best for the child, and not themselves. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wanted to hug that child and run away with her.
Rosa Filippidi
Rosa Filippidi Vor 3 Tage
My best friend has a cousin who is deaf and both her and her sister along other family members have learned the basics of sing language so they communicate with him!
Rosebud Vor 3 Tage
As someone who is hearing impaired and wore a hearing aid, went to mainstream schooling and was never taught American Sign Language, I feel this film profoundly. It's quite common for doctors, schools, parents to all think it's best for deaf children to integrate into the hearing world and be "okay" with lip reading and learning to speak. They are not recognizing the need for our own culture and language to be integrated into our lives. We miss out on a whole world of our own culture when they caught that off from us. I am learning ASL now, as an adult and teaching my husband slowly. I hope one day to be fully fluent and somehow be apart of the deaf culture around me. I feel intimidated and worry I may not fit in, but I want this so badly. Also, if our children had lived and if any of them had been deaf, we would've never considered a cochlear implant. It just wouldn't have been an option we would've considered. Think more about your child's needs, rather than what you want for that child to be "normal".
Meredith Bale
Meredith Bale Vor 3 Tage
I'm deaf and I can't hear any thing
Meredith Bale
Meredith Bale Vor 3 Tage
I know sign language
Mari Martin
Mari Martin Vor 3 Tage
It's so sad! Just because the mother was jealous... She is willing to sacrifice the best for her child. Really pathetic...
Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown Vor 3 Tage
my cousin does sign language she's not there but she taught me we just think it's a fascinating language although hearing is taking away God always replaces it with another gift sign language is that gift it's just beautiful I don't know if I could do it now or not
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emanda richards
emanda richards Vor 3 Tage
This film is a jewel! Everything from the actors, the cinematography to the music, not to mention the storyline--an absolute beauty!
Sandra Murray
Sandra Murray Vor 3 Tage
Thought provoking and it makes you wish that somehow, her mother will realise that she is wrong. It would be good if there was a sequel, showing Libby thriving with the help of the teacher who was getting results and the mother listening to sense.
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@Sylvia G. Valentina There seems to be a recent trend of ppl posting comments consisting of nonsense words. I don't know if they think they're being clever, or they're doing it to annoy the rest of us...personally, I think it's pretty silly!
Sylvia G. Valentina
Sorry, English is not my first language, what are you saying?
Dorcas Turner
Dorcas Turner Vor 3 Tage
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麟誌崙 Vor 3 Tage
So sad... when she said "I love you", she must have felt not loved by some of the family.
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Ad Deenen Vor 3 Tage
Ik herken: vakantie, sinaasappel en "vol=ik heb genoeg gegeten".
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A good friend of mine is dead and I was surprised when he started texting me, it was a totally different person, I feel for deaf people (people with any infirmity) because I am a musician. I am moved by their perseverance and acceptance.
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Rimjhim Kumari
Rimjhim Kumari Vor 3 Tage
Liby for uu ❤️😘
Deise Farias
Deise Farias Vor 3 Tage
😱 omg😔
Eva Wilhelm
Eva Wilhelm Vor 3 Tage
the family is not consciously careless, but they approach their life with this lovely girl in a very wrong and sad way. They believe there's something wrong, incomplete and this is why the mother (and society) wants her to speak. They want all others to be the same, being complete (and perfect as the mother says) means, speaking and acting like all the others, so called able people. Isn't it amazing how little we have evolved? All the technology, knowledge and wisdom and we are not able (let alone willing) to accept that we are all different. I am wearing hearing aids otherwise the world is pretty silent for me and how grateful am I for this.
Amanda Kuilan
Amanda Kuilan Vor 3 Tage
What a horrible mother!
Mohammed Ghaleb
Mohammed Ghaleb Vor 4 Tage
fk me man . its only 20min WHY where is the full Movie 😭
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Shericka Grant Vor 4 Tage
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Rocío olguin Vor 4 Tage
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naturalforme Vor 4 Tage
Wow this really hurt my feelings. She was thriving with sign language and her parents didn’t care that it helped her. Sad to say that I’ve had kids in my school that didn’t understand English and were forced to sit for exams that they didn’t even understand. Nobody, not even the teacher would try to help them. Instead I could tell that they saw them as liabilities, as one extra step that they weren’t willing to take. I often wonder how many children are truly being overlooked in their homes and schools because they aren’t considered “normal.”
Charlie Sheffield
BSL compared to ASL in so darn hard to learn. Some of the signs in BSL don’t make sense to the word like 👊 👊 moving down dose not make me think of a 🪑.