ASL Slam Poetry in “Deaf Jam”

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The 8th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival presents: Aneta Brodski, a deaf Israeli teen, attends a school for the deaf in Queens, N.Y. where she explores slam poetry using American Sign Language. Proud of her deafness but aware of the isolation it brings, Aneta utilizes her unique experiences to create a powerful poetic art form. When Aneta meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet, the two create a deaf/hearing duet in which they explore their shared and personal experiences and generate a new form of slam poetry which speaks to the deaf as well as the hearing.

Throughout HJFF we will be accepting donations of gently used children’s books. Designated book drop-off screenings are Deaf Jam on Mar. 6, Young Abraham on Mar. 11, and Nicky’s Family on Mar. 16.

Deaf Jam
Directed by Judy Lieff
USA, 2011, 70 min.
English and American Sign Language with English subtitles


Wednesday, March 7 • 1:00 PM • ERJCC

$8 ERJCC Member/Patron of the Arts & MFAH Film Buff/Member
$10 Public
$1 discount for students and seniors
Free for school groups – RSVP to Ariela Emery,

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