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The 5%

A drama that explores the intricate challenges of the hard-of-hearing community.
3/5

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In Alexandra Hickox and Nathan Hughes-Berry’s short drama, a compelling exploration of the challenges faced by the hard-of-hearing community unfolds through three seperate tales. The film, featuring an ensemble cast, delves into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and employment for individuals with hearing impairments. Notably, it captures the pressure faced by a young deaf girl torn between her desire to date a hearing person and her parents’ expectations for her to be matched with someone from the deaf community.

While the premise is intriguing and the performances commendable, the film struggles with post-production techniques that hinder overall engagement. Unfortunately, the flow of the narrative feels disjointed, and the cinematography falls short of delivering a high-quality standard, detracting from the visual experience.

Despite these technical shortcomings, the film succeeds in shedding light on the hardships experienced by the deaf community, addressing societal pressures, workplace prejudices, and the struggle for effective communication. It stands as a commendable effort to bring awareness to the unique challenges faced by individuals with hearing impairments, emphasizing the importance of understanding and inclusivity in society.

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Retells the true stories of Deaf individuals’ – a Neo-realist work that intercuts three stories. These stories explore the diversity, nuances and particularities of deaf lived experiences. As the stories unfold, three characters face different life situations: one character confronts the communicative barriers that he experiences with his mother. A second character experiences a potential employer’s oppressive resistance to hiring a deaf staff member; lastly, there is a story of a young woman, whose Deaf parent wants her to be with a Deaf boyfriend; however, she is dating a hearing person – a cultural contrast that affects her relationships. The concept of this film is showing that we are all human, and, we share similar situations.
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Director(s): Alexandra Hickox, Nathan Hughes-Berry
Writer(s): Alexandra Hickox, Nathan Hughes-Berry
Cast: Cecelia Chiu, Clarence Cansicio, Elaine Corris, Elizabeth Morris, Juilan Ritchie, Karen Halpern, Natasha Courage Bacchus, Paul Oruck, Tyson Coady Cast “James”, Victoria Soo Lum
Producer(s): Alexandra Hickox
Director of Photography: Alexandra Hickox
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Runtime: 21 min

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The 5%

A drama that explores the intricate challenges of the hard-of-hearing community.
3/5

Review

In Alexandra Hickox and Nathan Hughes-Berry’s short drama, a compelling exploration of the challenges faced by the hard-of-hearing community unfolds through three seperate tales. The film, featuring an ensemble cast, delves into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and employment for individuals with hearing impairments. Notably, it captures the pressure faced by a young deaf girl torn between her desire to date a hearing person and her parents’ expectations for her to be matched with someone from the deaf community.

While the premise is intriguing and the performances commendable, the film struggles with post-production techniques that hinder overall engagement. Unfortunately, the flow of the narrative feels disjointed, and the cinematography falls short of delivering a high-quality standard, detracting from the visual experience.

Despite these technical shortcomings, the film succeeds in shedding light on the hardships experienced by the deaf community, addressing societal pressures, workplace prejudices, and the struggle for effective communication. It stands as a commendable effort to bring awareness to the unique challenges faced by individuals with hearing impairments, emphasizing the importance of understanding and inclusivity in society.

Spotlight

No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

Retells the true stories of Deaf individuals’ – a Neo-realist work that intercuts three stories. These stories explore the diversity, nuances and particularities of deaf lived experiences. As the stories unfold, three characters face different life situations: one character confronts the communicative barriers that he experiences with his mother. A second character experiences a potential employer’s oppressive resistance to hiring a deaf staff member; lastly, there is a story of a young woman, whose Deaf parent wants her to be with a Deaf boyfriend; however, she is dating a hearing person – a cultural contrast that affects her relationships. The concept of this film is showing that we are all human, and, we share similar situations.
The 5% Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Alexandra Hickox, Nathan Hughes-Berry
Writer(s): Alexandra Hickox, Nathan Hughes-Berry
Cast: Cecelia Chiu, Clarence Cansicio, Elaine Corris, Elizabeth Morris, Juilan Ritchie, Karen Halpern, Natasha Courage Bacchus, Paul Oruck, Tyson Coady Cast “James”, Victoria Soo Lum
Producer(s): Alexandra Hickox
Director of Photography: Alexandra Hickox
Animation:

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Year:
Runtime: 21 min
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