The Florida Film Institute, (FFI) has exciting news about a CINEMA project from last year @ South Dade Senior High School. The film, “SILENCE,” made it into the 17th Annual Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Video and Film Festival which takes place in Boston, MA on May 2-3. This competitive student festival received many films from all over the country and they selected only 10 to be included in this year’s event. Check out the festival @ www.diyds.org
This film is about a high school boy, Kyle, who is hearing impaired. Like most kids his age, Kyle is just trying to find his place in the world. He wants to make friends, maybe even meet a girl, and bring people into his world. But he is different. He lives in a world of Silence.
Christian who was born Deaf, was one of the writers and is the main actor in the film. Christian wrote the script which is based on his own life. And it is a powerful and deeply personal story from start to finish. That is why FFI is so proud and extremely excited that this film has been selected to be a part of such a terrific and well respected festival. This year he is more confident and is doing better in his classes. According to his teachers and interpreter, he has always been very smart but severely unmotivated. The experience has given him a new confidence, so much so that after graduation in June he plans on attending the National Technical Institute for Deaf (NTID) majoring in visual and graphic art. It is his hope that the movie eventually becomes something that is used to raise awareness about the struggles of Deaf students by being shown in schools across the county. Despite its name, Silence has given Christian Bilbao a strong and powerful voice.
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