A Fight To Be Heard

A rare disorder left him deaf, blind, and quadriplegic. Then the county took away his voice.

"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." 

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