The Tribe (Directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)


Plot: While attending a boarding school for the deaf, a young man (Grigoriy Fesenko) joins a gang of criminals to become a thief and a pimp. (Source: IMDb)

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Grateful to the organisers of Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015 for showing this provocative movie to public in Singapore this year. Some locations has access to English movies for Deaf, in form of English subtitles, like GV-Plaza Singapura, GV-Vivo City and GV-Jurong Point.

For the first time, the Tribe was being shown at the Projector without subtitles and voice-over. It does not need translation. Yesterday, I went to watch this movie. For I am Deaf, I was able to get 70% information from the movie. Perhaps, because of our Deaf culture. Our Sign Languages are different though.

I believe that the director wanted the movie plot to be more on criminal activities Deaf people in Ukraine do, instead of the deafness. Therefore, they are like you – the mainstreamed society. But why call it “The Tribe”? I assume that the deaf boy needs to join in the gang, rather called “the tribe”, in order to survive in the boarding school. He got to be involved in robbery and other activities. He then fell in love with one lady who is in the sex trade. A few explicit sex & violent scenes are involved in the movie. Before the story ended, he unwittingly broke the conformity in the tribe.

Thus, it is all about the group conformity for survival in a strange place.

I really enjoyed it though. I felt that it seemed that the main character of the deaf boy was insufficiently developed. But after all, it is a must-watch movie for those who are not deaf as it really played with our senses.

~ Lily Goh

Three Easy Steps to Apply for Open Door Programme

Thanks for sharing this post here. Will bear it in mind when we plan to employ PWD one day.

Vox Nostra | A Voice Of Our Own

By Jorain Ng

Applying for the Open Door Programme (ODP) is easy. I have successfully applied for the scheme and managed to get a lighter laptop for work thanks to the 90% subsidy .

Unfortunately, not many companies are tapping onto this scheme because 1) they are not aware of the scheme; 2) they do not know how to go about applying for the ODP; or 3) they think it’s too troublesome.

By penning down my experience, I hope to encourage companies who have hired or are interested in hiring persons with disabilities to familarise themselves with the ODP and apply for the scheme.

Step 1: Speak to your employee 

Persons with disabilities may require some form of adaptation or accommodation to assist them to overcome obstacles in their work environment, such as wheelchair access in a narrow office space. Hence you should speak to your employee about the accommodation(s)…

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TRIBES by Pangdemonium

Tribes Poster

ARTICLE: Pangdemonium’s Tribes is a warm, wickedly funny drama about deafness

“British playwright Nina Raine’s critically acclaimed text, which premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2010, is a clear-eyed look at one young man’s encounter with deaf culture after living with a prickly family that has shunned it since his birth in an attempt to make their son and brother as “normal” and well-adjusted as possible. He lipreads with great precision, and he doesn’t use sign language, relying on speech instead.”

(http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/theatre-dance/story/theatre-review-pangdemoniums-tribes-warm-wickedly-funny-drama-about-de)

Invited to the Gala Night last Saturday, as well as to watch the show with interpretation provided for Deaf. When I watched that “explosive” scene where Thomas argued with his family, it was heart-wrenching. Really close to our hearts. Anyway, I’m very grateful to Pangdemonium for the opportunity to teach/train Thomas Pang and Ethel Yap for 5 months since January 2015. Thomas and Ethel worked very hard to present their deaf characters very exceptionally well. I must applaud them and I’m proud of them.

We encourage you all to watch this fantastic show! Now showing at Drama Centre Theatre (Level 3, Central Library) till 7 June 2015. 8pm.

~ By Lily Goh

Ten Tips for Students with Disabilties

… from students with disabilities from the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University

1. Disability accommodations are rights, not special help.
(Ask for what you need. Advocate for yourself.)

2. You are an important and valuable part of campus diversity.
(Diversity includes disability.)

3. College disability services officers can be gatekeepers.
(Most are good allies for students, but some are not. Demand professional, individualized, respectful services and file a complaint if you don’t get them.)

4. Feed your soul and body- recharge your batteries. Balance your valuable time, energy, and health.

5. Stay focused on your career. If it won’t help you get a job or maintain your passion for college, don’t bother.

6. Find a community. Never go it alone. Consider connecting with others who have disabilities.

7. Universally design your own learning. Learn how you learn best, and then use your strengths and unique learning style.

8. Never apologize for your disability or your accommodations. If you apologize, people may think you are ashamed.

9. Fight oppression and bullying in any form. Ableism is just one “ism.” If one of us is oppressed, all of us are oppressed.

10. Learn disability history. Learn about the people and movements that made it possible for you to be in college.

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