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CBC Enterprises, 1989. VHS cassette, 30:00 min., $69.00
Distributed by CBC Enterprises, Box 500, Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5W1E6

Grades 11 and up/Ages 16 and up
Reviewed by Ruth Bainbridge.

Volume 19 Number 1
1991 January

My Daddy's Ears Are Broken examines the effect being deaf has on three middle-class Ontarians. The male person interviewed went deaf at the age of fifteen and he discusses the effect that deafness had on his social life as an adolescent and young adult. He now has a Masters degree in social work and is married with young children. His frustrations and fears concerning the decreased interaction with his children are portrayed. One of the females interviewed became deaf only three years before the film was made. Again, she is well educated and is employed as a professional. She discusses the problems that she has had in dealing with her deafness including loss of her job, breakdown in family communica­tions, planned suicide, and denial of her condition. The third person who talks about her deafness is again well edu­cated and has a very responsible job, which she is able to carry out with the aid of an interpreter. She appears to have accepted her condition well and does not focus on any limitations caused by her hearing loss. No mention at all is made of her family.

Although these three people share their feelings and experiences of life as deaf people, none of their family members are interviewed and as previously mentioned all three are very well educated. This leaves the audience with the impression that all deaf people are educated at the Masters level.

This video would have limited use in a class focusing on the effects being disabled has on life-style and social interaction. It would be more useful if those interviewed represented a greater cross-section of society.

Ruth Bainbridge, Humber College, Etobicoke, Ont.
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