Screening time: 23 September – 31 December 2019
In celebration of International Day of Sign Languages, we are partnering with Shanghai International Deaf Film Festival to launch Deaf Film Online Showcase. In total, six British and two Chinese short films will be made available on different Chinese social media platforms hosted by British Council. All films showcase an overall perspective of deaf issues.
Matthew Knowles, Area Director East China of the British Council, said “One of the British Council’s foundational commitments is our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This new initiative draws on the power of creativity to change the way we perceive the world and we hope it will also enable all of us to refresh our understanding of the deaf community.”
We will also work with partners to present offline screenings in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen throughout the year. The offline events may also include audience and panel discussions after the screenings.
Sam Zheng, the organiser of Shanghai International Deaf Film Festival, said, “The showcase will help talented filmmakers reach a larger audience, and more importantly send messages on inclusion and challenge stereotypes cast on the deaf community. Film is one of the best mediums for overcoming such stereotypes.”
Online screening platform list
- British Council WeChat account: bc-china
- British Council Weibo account：英国大使馆文化教育处
- British Council Bilibili account：英国大使馆文化教育处