When you watch “Audible” which is nominated for best Documentary Short in the upcoming Academy Awards you may take a sympathetic view of a deaf football team along the lines of feeling sorry for them and hoping they win the upcoming homecoming game after losing to another deaf school football team from Texas after a 42-game win streak. I might have taken that view but after watching a few indie films and “The Sound of Metal” my sympathy I feel is misdirected and ignorant. This deaf football team and deaf people don’t want our sympathy. I think they want our respect. This road of respect may take you some time to travel but on the other hand you could be spinning your wheels in the mud of sympathy.
I could write on and give you a summary of the film but I feel I have made my point which is as much as a film critic can ask for.
Enough said other than respect the deaf as they have much to teach “us” who lack the attributes the deaf have. They are no lesser human being than “us”. Ditch your sympathy. It is not appreciated. The deaf are “us”.
You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5htMIBhdGk
The film is available on Netflix.
Directed by Matt Ogens.
RKS film rating 94/100.