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Running Time: 91 min
Directed and Produced by: Hilari Scarl
This inspirational and heartfelt documentary follows four well-known entertainers in the deaf community: a comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented deaf entertainers overcome great challenges on their way to personal triumphs and professional success. Bob is a drummer in the world’s only deaf rock band, Beethoven’s Nightmare; CJ, a hugely famous and internationally renowned comic in the Deaf world, but virtually unknown to hearing audiences, fighting to cross over to the mainstream by producing the first international sign language theatre festival in Los Angeles; Robert, a brilliant actor who teaches at Juilliard and struggles to survive when he becomes homeless while living with HIV; and TL, a hard of hearing singer who finds herself caught between the hearing and deaf communities when she attracts her first major producer to record her first CD “Not Deaf Enough.” See What I’m Saying offers a powerful and unique look at a rarely understood culture. The film touches on more than the talents of these unsung heroes – though we each have different struggles and situations, our feelings, goals and desire remain the same. See What I’m Saying’s universal appeal transcends the four richly intertwined stories, and offers a unique peek inside deaf culture, giving audiences an opportunity to view this vibrant community in a fascinating new light.
“You have not seen a movie like ‘See What I’m Saying.’ Hilari Scarl’s powerful and moving film about the unsung community of deaf entertainers does something few documentaries accomplish: It takes us into a world we know little or nothing about and not only enlightens, but entertains. Scarl has captured the humor, heartbreak and pathos of aworld we once viewed only from the outside, if at all.”
– Scott Bowles, USA Today