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In "Deaf Jam," Aneta Brodski, a Deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two young women embark on a hearing/deaf collaboration, a performance duet that is a metaphor for the complex realities they share - generating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.


Filmmaker Judy Lieff chronicles a journey of self-realization for Aneta, as she reveals her passions, frustrations, and sense of humor through her exploration of American Sign Language Poetry. Unique among her non-hearing high school friends, Aneta longs to fully participate in the hearing world. Her artistry evolves within her ASL poetry group, and eventually she decides to compete in a spoken word poetry slam.


With ties to rap and hip hop culture, the U.S. National Poetry Slams for youth are widespread, but Aneta is among the first Deaf teens to brave that highly verbal arena. The film captures her experiences as she conveys her inner self to hearing audiences.


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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
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