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raveneld's picture

I thought that one concept of Deaf Jam that was especially interesting was how ASL poetry to those who are not deaf/know ASL is more like a beautiful dance. At one of the performances, Aneta notes how she does not want a translator becuase she wants the audience to focus on her signs. I have never watched ASL poetry before and it was really interesting to watch despite not being able to tell what they are saying. 

It is also so interesting how when we think of the deaf, we think of people who can't hear, and at the end of the film Aneta describes how she does not want this to be the defintion of "deaf." Rather she wants it to be those who "don't hear." They are hearing in a different way. By signing a song and watching the ASL, they are creating a language that is of the equivalence of listening to a good song.