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Louisa

About lesson: 

3x 90 min / age 14+ / activities 

About film: 

Katharina Pethke / 2011 / Germany /
62 min

Annotation of the lesson: 

The documentary film “Louisa” supports the notion of inclusion, opening a path towards changing one’s perspective. Being able to hear is not something which can be taken for granted in the world of people suffering from hearing loss, but rather the exception. In this world, Louisa is not a “handicapped” person, but someone who is absolutely normal. For many viewers, however, this world remains a foreign one, whose enigmatic sign language is incomprehensible. The film follows Louisa on a journey of discovery of the community of people with hearing loss, and in so doing offers viewers a chance to explore along with her the rules and laws of this world. Louisa quickly wins audiences over with her energy and charm. The subject of “hearing versus not hearing” is accentuated in the film through the deliberate use of creative devices of film language (work with sound and image, editing). Using simple but effective means, Katharina Pethke enables viewers to imagine what it is like to experience the world differently.

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