"What is film?" he asks through the interpreter. "It is sound and color and motion. And look at me: I'm deaf, blind, and quadriplegic. How could I possibly pursue a career as a filmmaker when I have all the opposite qualities of film?"
There's a bit of nervous laughter, then the speech continues.
"The real movie isn't on the screen—it's in our minds. The silver screen is just a mirror that reflects what is already inside of us. I lost my voice in 1998. But through filmmaking, I've found a way to speak again."