Cultural Film Projects

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Each film earns participants 0.25 RID Professional Studies CEUs awarded upon completion (or equivalent clock hours certificate).   $32 each.

In this selection of projects, participants chose from the documentary films list to learn about the multiple cultural-identity factors that impact our Deaf consumers. Participants rent/obtain the film themselves (streaming locations listed next to titles below).  After watching the film on your own time, you will answer approximately 15-20 short-answer questions about the cultural themes presented in the documentary and its relevance/parallels to our interpreting work, with some on-line research questions, supplemental videos and/or supplemental articles to deepen your understanding of the issues and make parallels to our work in the Deaf community.  All films are available at on-line venues to be obtained by the participant (Netflix, Hulu, HBO, YouTube...) or at local libraries for free DVD rental.  All RID CEUs are overseen & administered by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni.

Please feel free to email us anytime to ask for curriculum specifics on any project, or sample questions/materials. We want you to feel comfortable with what you are registering for.


AVAILABLE FILMS via drop down menu :

* All films are captioned through the purchasing venues unless indicated in the description below.

  • 13TH (Netflix): This documentary examines American cultural beliefs of race and how laws and behaviors have encouraged oppression and criminal stereotyping that have had catastrophic effects on African-Americans. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Adventures in English Trilogy Parts 1, 4 & 5 (YouTube): This trilogy of linguistic research documentaries teaches viewers the roots of modern English language, its roots and spread around the globe, and lastly its transition to American English that we speak  now in the US, offering a better understanding of our modern lexicon. (these videos are currently not captioned) ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Amish: A Secret Life (YouTube/Daily Motion):  This film peeks into the lives of the Old Order Amish culture of Pennsylvania: their values, culture, practices and personal struggles. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Andrew Jenks, Room 335 (iTunes):  This film shows life from the inside of an assisted living facility in Flordia through the eyes of a 19-year old man, Andrew Jenks.  His insights are valuable for any interpreters working in these facilities and with senior Deaf populations. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • The Anonymous People (Amazon/Vimeo):  This film guides viewers through the history of the Addiction movement and explores the stigma of those in the recovery community. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Behind Closed Doors (YouTube/Amazon): In this film we seek to understand Domestic Violence for the purposes of better serving our clients in this situation.  The cycle of abuse, the victims fears of reporting, their reluctance to prosecute, and propensity to return to the relationship are explained by domestic violence experts in the UK. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs) 
  • Best & Most Beautiful Things (Amazon): This documentary dives into the cultural of the Blind through a precious young American woman. Examine parallels to the Deaf experience and see a broader system of oppression toward all disability communities. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Black in Japan (YouTube):  This film examines what it means to be black and African American in Japanese culture: facing stereotypes and a look at their own cultural identity, as both black and American, in the face of being celebrated and 'othered'. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • British-US Comparison (YouTube):  This series of short films compares British & US language, community and culture while watching four families trade communities and learn valuable cross-cultural lessons. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Cobra Gypsies (YouTube):  This film offers a rare view from inside the Cobra Gypsy world in India:  their culture, beliefs and practices. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Crip Camp (Netflix):  This film looks at America's view of the disabled starting in the 1970s and the protests that led to passing Section 504 & the ADA. (0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • A Dangerous Idea (Amazon): This film describes how the theory of eugenics has been used to oppress people of color, women, people with disabilities and the poor for a century in the US. (0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Deaf Parent Trilogy (YouTube):  These three mini-documentaries shine the camera on Deaf parents in New Zealand and Australia as they talk about raising their children in a hearing world and what it means to be a CODA. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Depression: Out of the Shadows (YouTube): This film explores different types of clinical depression and treatments with supplemental exploration in the Deaf community and impacts on the interpreter role. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • NEW! Disclosure (Netflix):  Examine depictions of trans people in film and media to understand the discrimination, oppression, marginalization and damage proliferated in society, and the current movement of the trans community to own their stories.  ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • (Dis)Honesty: The Truth about Lies (YouTube): This film is an ethics studies credit and examines how we perceive our own moral code and apply it to our work.  It shows research in human decision making and our tendencies to lie and overcome. *This is an ethics study credit in addition to RID Prof Studies CEUs. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Disturbing the Peace (Amazon): Gain a deeper understanding of the Israel-Palestinian cultural war through this intimate view through the eyes of elite Israeli soldiers & Palestinian fighters who agree to come together and commit to a different future. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Documented (Amazon/YouTube): This film is about the current struggle of immigrants living in the US without legal papers. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Girl in the River (HBO/Amazon/Vimeo): This Academy Award winning film exposes Honor Killings and cultural views on love, gender, and family structure in Pakistan. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Good Hair (Amazon, Hulu): Step into the cultural & business world of the African American hair industry.  This film examines the power & oppression of beauty standards as Chris Rock travels the globe to understand the cultural meaning and money behind this important practice. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • God Grew Tired of Us (Daily Motion: free): This film recounts the Sudanese Lost Boys genocide crisis and their journey and transition to American life. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Hawai'i: The Stolen Paradise (YouTube): This project explores the unlawful overthrow of the Native Hawai'ian government & the power and oppression exerted on Polynesian people to subjugate their culture. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Hillbilly (Hulu): This film looks at the stereotypes that fuel oppression of rural and poor people specifically in Appalachia. It dives into the rich culture of heart of these marginalized Americans. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Inside Islam: What A Billion Muslims Really Think (Amazon/YouTube): This documentary examines the largest global poll done about and with Muslims about their culture, beliefs, & experiences. (*Note*: this is not the History Channel show called "Inside Islam") ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Ishaare Gesture Sign in Mumbai (YouTube): This film enters the Deaf world in Mumbai, India, showing how Indian hearing culture easily gestures and communicates with Indian Deaf and Deaf-Blind people in everyday life. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • It's a Girl (Amazon): This film is about how several cultures negatively view the female gender as unwelcome daughters. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Latino Americans (YouTube):  This film examines the immigrant experience and history in the past 50 years in America.  Videos of Deaf Latinx are supplemented (YouTube) for a wide range of perspectives. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Life and Deaf (vs) Sound & Fury (YouTube): This project watches the Sound & Fury documentary and 2 other short films that discuss cochlear implants & the Deaf identity in the US and Great Britain. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Living on One Dollar (YouTube): College students travel to Guatemala to live amongst a small, poor village. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • The Mask You Live in (YouTube/Amazon):  This documentary examines the notion of masculinity in American culture and how the strict limitations on "Being a Man" impacts us all. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Mountain Talk (YouTube):   This film describes the cultural and linguistic aspects of Appalachian English and the cultural community who call themselves 'Mountain People'.  Explore this fascinating language and make parallels to Deaf culture & ASL. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Not A Boy, Not A Girl (Amazon):  This film focuses on people who identify as gender nonbinary, the challenges they face, including oppression, accessibility, and identity issues. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • RETURNED! Of Two Minds (Amazon): For mental health interpreters, this is a film about the complexity of bipolar disorder and how it may manifest in clients with whom we work.  ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • One Child Nation (Amazon):  This film explores China's 35-year One Child Policy and the cultural identity and oppression nested in its enforcement and consequences. (0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Oriented (YouTube/Amazon):  This film explores the identity of being Palestinian and Israeli in Tel Aviv within the gay community.  Issues of family traditions, gender bias, and behavioral mores are analyzed within Palestine. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Risky Drinking (YouTube & HBO): This documentary reviews the current medical diagnostics for alcohol use disorders through four stories, with a resource on Deaf addiction and treatment. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • Saudi Arabia Uncovered (YouTube/Netflix): A peek into Saudi Arabian culture, their connection to the US and how refugees who leave the strict cultural mores adapt to the Western world. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • See What I'm Saying (Amazon):  This films looks at the beauty, diversity and depth of Deaf talent, and the oppression and discrimination Deaf artists face to be seen in mainstream culture. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • A Suitable Girl (Amazon): This film looks at Indian cultural views of marriage and what it means to find a life partner.  It follows several families in the matchmaking process that leads to a wedding. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs)
  • They Call it Maynmar (Amazon/YouTube):  This film explores Mayanmar/Burma culture.  The film serves as a platform to explore Deaf people in Burma and compare & contrast culture, oppression, and Deaf education in both countries. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Trans (Amazon):  This is a collection of stories of trans American youth and aging adults who come to terms with their identity with the help of professionals in the field. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • White People (YouTube): This film dives into the topic of white privilege, speaking openly with Americans who reflect on the experiences that have formed their current views. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • Women of the Holy Kingdom (Amazon video):  This film glimpses into life in Saudi Arabia for women and their cultural views of gender.  ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • The Worlds Worst Place to Be Disabled (YouTube): This film travels around the globe to explore cultural beliefs and societal treatments of those with disabilities. ($32, 0.25 PS CEUs + PPO)