The Silent Child - Oscar® Winning Short Film

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A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker gives her the gift of communication.
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"Gorgeously shot and perfectly performed, the movie delivers an emotional wallop that many features six times its length never achieve” - The New York Times
"Effortlessly heart-tugging" - Los Angeles Times
"A rich script from first-time screenwriter Rachel Shenton” - IndieWire
"It’s beautiful and it’s a real little movie. I loved it” - The Hollywood Reporter
Written by: Rachel Shenton
Directed by: Chris Overton
Produced by: Rachel Shenton, Chris Overton, Rebecca Harris, Julie Foy
Associate Producer: Ali Farahani
Production Company: Slick Films
Starring: Maisie Sly, Rachel Shenton, Rachel Fielding, Philip York
Cinematography: Ali Farahani
Music by: Amir Konjani
Edited by: Emily Walder
Sound Design: Greg Claridge
Executive Producers: Danny Ormerod, Vanessa Johnstone, Terry Murphy, Mo Chaudry, Ian Lowe
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Krabman Ժամ առաջ
Ahh yeah, the almighty "'I'm a mother..." argument. Can't imagine how much suffering it caused in the history of mankind. Great film!
Ashwin Jaiswal
Ashwin Jaiswal 2 ժամ առաջ
Beck V
Beck V 2 ժամ առաջ
Why wouldn't schools advice parents what's best for the child? This was so sad and I'm hoping there is better help for both.
rosilynda1 7 ժամ առաջ
S. Si
S. Si 9 ժամ առաջ
i am so glad that allot kids can be helped with an implant. i know it is not always the way that gets chosen as a way out though
millieo 12 ժամ առաջ
I think all babies should learn very basic baby sign starting when they can manage a toy in each hand.
Ziggy Laurie
Ziggy Laurie 15 ժամ առաջ
Horrible parents! Love how she pushes her mum away when she kisses her
cognitogrrl 18 ժամ առաջ
What a wonderful film! A friend of mine has a daughter who is deaf, and they had to struggle with the school for the simplest things, such as teacher facing the room to say, "Page 163." Huge applause to Rachel Shenton, who I only saw for the first time in "All Creatures Great and Small."
The Lost Biology
The Lost Biology 18 ժամ առաջ
Heart touching We have been left to complete it
runbambirun 19 ժամ առաջ
That was tough to watch. The little girl is incredible.
Agnieszka Hallmann
Agnieszka Hallmann 19 ժամ առաջ
Watching FOR the fivth time... It's so good!
who knowsss
who knowsss 20 ժամ առաջ
This is so heartbreaking
soumyajit paikray
soumyajit paikray 22 ժամ առաջ
So the mother cheated and conceived her ?
shital shelke
shital shelke 23 ժամ առաջ
Sometimes ,silence speaks louder than words !
miss me
miss me Օր առաջ
to think this is actually happening in thousands of homes, throughout the heartbreaking!
Stay and watch
Stay and watch Օր առաջ
Yes, it's hard when you don't understand what's going on around you. In Russia such children are taught in two directions sign language and lip reading
BAD BOY Օր առաջ
It should achieve 3 Oscar piece prizes ! Such a great relationship :)
D Wilson
D Wilson Օր առաջ
I wonder how many slip through the cracks because of foolish pride?
D Wilson
D Wilson Օր առաջ
That’s how my mother treated me my whole life. And I’m not even deaf. She still won’t listen.
Dula Mars
Dula Mars Օր առաջ
The ending made me cry
Jan Verboven
Jan Verboven Օր առաջ
The Silent Child - it's not about the child alone (who cruel the family was) - it's also about the actress - extremely brave - (in the film) - The star actress is the deaf little child, not understood until she came in. By she I mean an actress who understands to be around a loved deaf person. Kudos and 💖💖
Nancy Jo
Nancy Jo Օր առաջ
The little girl looks like a young Anna Farris. I loved this movie. Watch it and then watched it again
Yasir Fawad
Yasir Fawad Օր առաջ
Love it !!!
veggiesaremurder Օր առաջ
78%???!!!! How SELFISH can people possibly be?! Leaving your child with no way to communicate is abusive! How can they expect her to communicate in a way that suits THEM, when that's impossible for a deaf child to do? "She follows along with what WE'RE saying really well". But what about what SHE wants to say? I can't believe there are parents out there who would do this to their child.
SuperCHERISHED Օր առաջ
Thank you for sharing this very important short film. As a parent you must reach out to people who have special training with deaf children. The little girl in the short film did a wonderful job!
shyam sundar
shyam sundar 2 օր առաջ
Nobody appreciated the beauty of the place this film was shot on...😍🤩😍🤩😍🤩
Joe Lee
Joe Lee 2 օր առաջ
At the very least one should learn the hand alphabet as it isn't really very difficult and ironically once you do and you're around deaf people that don't speak then you're the one having to play catch-up because they are ahead of you in sign language.
Joe Lee
Joe Lee 2 օր առաջ
Why on earth would one thousand people down-vote this film?
Fiazun Mohammed
Fiazun Mohammed 2 օր առաջ
Nice, film There r many such children who r silent
Leela Cabin
Leela Cabin 2 օր առաջ
5:18 😟
Sangeetha 2 օր առաջ
Keri S
Keri S 2 օր առաջ
Absolutely heart broken that this is how it ended. Mother was wretched. I hope this did/does make an impact and helps so many.
Mamta Nayak
Mamta Nayak 2 օր առաջ
8:30 i remembered my English unit.. Helen Keller... Teacher for deaf and mute.. 😃😃 I feel good and smiled when she said she wants Orange juice..😄
Mansoor Alam
Mansoor Alam 2 օր առաջ
Wow. Amazing flim. Nice message. All the actors did amazing job.
Maijor 2 օր առաջ
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sujay dubal
sujay dubal 2 օր առաջ
made me cry....really heart touching.......
Fi Ly
Fi Ly 2 օր առաջ
Wonderful film and so beautifully performed. With the right support ....
Leyla Khalili
Leyla Khalili 3 օր առաջ
This movie is very amazing and I hope one day parents understand deaf children very better ,world without sound needs different skills in comparison with a world full of sound ,please let us understand this fact exactly ,.....
Daniël van den Brink
Daniël van den Brink 3 օր առաջ
i have to say that this short film touched my soul
Christine Sharland
Christine Sharland 3 օր առաջ
Think maybe both lip leading and signing are good But to take away something she is clearly understanding and seems happier to do; is unproductive and rather mean......I think parents really need to evaluate the child's needs more Both emotionally and physically....The young girl was a great actress; whether or not shes deaf in real the programme says Deafness is not a learning difficulty to hear the grandma say Will she be able to get a job is insulting to all deaf people!! They can do anything we can do..............:)
Mrunal Raut
Mrunal Raut 2 օր առաջ
The child actor is deaf in real life.
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Sub or my potato will be sad 3 օր առաջ
Hristetvojesvet Blagojevic
Hristetvojesvet Blagojevic 3 օր առաջ
KingKong DeDon
KingKong DeDon 3 օր առաջ
9:31 what a beautiful picture
༺Isabella Moore༻
༺Isabella Moore༻ 3 օր առաջ
I thought it would have an happy ending, but then I realized that this actually happens to ppl, I wish some ppl would understand 😭
sq sp
sq sp 3 օր առաջ
WQ 3 օր առաջ
That was not the ending I wanted so sad😫
monique rios
monique rios 3 օր առաջ
This is a excellent movie. I think too many parents just don't want to face the fact that their child is different, and needs to learn in a different way. I feel it was selfish of the parent.
Apsary Abedin
Apsary Abedin 3 օր առաջ
Incomplete ending.....jzt love this🙃🙃
niklar55 3 օր առաջ
There must be some right R S Holes around, over 1000, who downvoted this.
Anjali Joshi
Anjali Joshi 3 օր առաջ
Sad part is this family can actually afford all that extra support and care this child needs but refuses to accept it.
niklar55 3 օր առաջ
I'm a parent, and a grand parent, in my late 70's. In this situation, it wouldn't be a case of 'one or the other' regarding teaching my child communication skills. For me, it would be all possible methods! If necessary, and it probably would be, I'd also be with the sign teacher learning simultaneously. I'd have to start at the same level. I've also lost 80-90% of my hearing, and get by with lip/body reading to augment my verbal communication, so I can partly understand and empathise with the girls problem with others. What I actually hear, and what my brain gives me by filling in the gaps, is significantly different. Occasionally it gives me something hilariously wrong! Rarely, at other times, with no previous conversation to get me started, I just cannot understand. Their speech is just 'gobbledegook! I have to ask for a repeat, and after the third attempt, ask them to rephrase what they are saying. In addition, to complicate things, I found out at around 55-60 years old, that I'd been dyslexic all my life. That went a long way to explaining some of the problems I'd had at school, where some fools of teachers had labelled me, ''lazy!'' (Eventually, I came top of my secondary school in Science, and several other subjects.) I've had people make sarcastic comments, regarding my present hearing difficulty, but usually ask them if they would say that to a blind person, if not, then why say it to a deaf person? I know this 'Short' is a dramatization, but if, as said, it reflects the reality in many families, then the parents should be utterly ashamed, and social services should make a point of compelling the parents to see that their deaf child receives ALL possible help. .
Teresa S.
Teresa S. 3 օր առաջ
This touched me. I used to work as a sign language interpreter. It's sad how many times I had to interpret between parent and child because no one in the deaf child's family learned sign language.
Golu 3 օր առաջ
Really love you 💓💓💓💓
Kenzi Schapira
Kenzi Schapira 3 օր առաջ
Tetiana Mandrykina
Tetiana Mandrykina 4 օր առաջ
The girl is amazing!
Fagee Tube
Fagee Tube 4 օր առաջ
I want part 2
onlistid 4 օր առաջ
hello, i can proudly say that I learned sign language because of this video.
Anuradha Kaul
Anuradha Kaul 4 օր առաջ
Mother's ego vs innocent dreams and aspirations! How suffocating!!
Mayank Sharma
Mayank Sharma 4 օր առաջ
Which is this location? Where was it shot? The place is unbelievably beautiful and serene.
AMAN YADAV 4 օր առաջ
Where hindi language....
Maria DCosta
Maria DCosta 4 օր առաջ
A wonderful film! It was learning for me. An eye opener, a hard hitting truth that makes me go beyond just teaching the world to communicate but to empathise and reach out to the blind,the deaf and maimed! It is indeed a world winner !
Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams 4 օր առաջ
My parents were the same, they just got bad advice and were against sign language. They loved me just the same though and just talked real slowly. Sign language would have been handy in picking up girls in college though, nobody likes dating anyone who can barely grunt out his ABC's like a neatheral.
Mitoji 4 օր առաջ
This make me cry, how the parents didn't care about the best for the little girl :'(
Annie Raj
Annie Raj 4 օր առաջ
Excellent short film ..
Barbara Ryan
Barbara Ryan 4 օր առաջ
This was a hard one to watch. My biological children (all 4 of them) had hearing difficulties. Thankfully, their hearing was restored with a simple surgery that repaired the eardrum. I still remember my oldest going home from the hospital kept looking around as we walked to the car. She kept asking me what was that. I didn't know what she was talking about. After a little more questioning, we determined that she had heard a bird singing for the very first time. I knew that she had problems before but didn't realize it had gotten to this extent. I sat in the parking lot and held her and cried. Even now those tears of happiness slow down my cheeks. Thank you for the short. I'm glad it won an award and has been posted here. That day with my daughter was one of the happiest I've ever had.
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Walter Küchenberg
Walter Küchenberg 4 օր առաջ
Don't worry my dears, there will be a continuation of that movie! There you can see that Libby's brother is so shocked about the situation that he will just break with his career and learn to become a deaf Therapist. In that course he will teach his sister the sign language and help her to grow. Because of that the family will get so mad, that Libby and her brother will move out into a small apartment to get rid of this toxic environment. You will see - great crisis make great people!!!
Tutut Sari
Tutut Sari 4 օր առաջ
I was a shadow teacher for deaf. Many parents said that their children burden them about money. The school payment -in my country- for deaf or other disability children (sorry) is higher than "normal" children
Avichal. 4 օր առաջ
18:37 breaks my heart ..
Loretta Reckner
Loretta Reckner 5 օր առաջ
I don't understand why?
Անի Կուռոյան
Անի Կուռոյան 5 օր առաջ
i feel sorry for you my beauty blue-eyed girl , your own mother dont want accept your rights to be in society ((((
Vaishnavi Dhamothiran
Vaishnavi Dhamothiran 5 օր առաջ
I hope schools across the world will provide sign language in future
Kayla McClellan
Kayla McClellan 5 օր առաջ
There was a little deaf girl I used to work with in equine therapy. I remember the very first day of class like it was yesterday. She wanted to know her horse’s name. I tapped her on the shoulder and signed, “Sunflower.” Her face light up when she realized that I could speak her language. She burst into a flood of signing- by far more than I could keep up with! I had to tell her to slow down and say it again. She wanted to know what the other horse’s name was. “Bear.” Why does Sunflower have a purple lead rope??? Well, I think that’s her favorite color. On and on we went. These kids are humans too- they deserve no less than the other groups out there yelling for their rights.
Rida Ch
Rida Ch 5 օր առաջ
We all need such kind of supportive person in our lives.... Nd being silent is not the problem.. being alone is main cause.
DarkX GachaAndeo
DarkX GachaAndeo 5 օր առաջ
*cries silently*
K Aynge
K Aynge 5 օր առաջ
This story was amaizing but it was sad at the end
Amanpreet Kaur
Amanpreet Kaur 5 օր առաջ
Sometimes it feels like people having normal ability of hearing are deaf by heart. They are unable to understand what their family, loved ones....want from them. They impose fucking society rules just to show their power. Even being a normal human, there was a time when I felt alone like the girl in this short movie feels in the end. All alone!.....
Bonsai 5 օր առաջ
This definitely deserved an oscar . ❤️
jenjob428 5 օր առաջ
So so sad and yet so so true :(
Frizzie Bubblech
Frizzie Bubblech 5 օր առաջ
So the parent didn't care until the end?
Sammy Jones
Sammy Jones 5 օր առաջ
I don’t come across many deaf or hard of hearing people in my life but I would love to learn Auslan, thank you for this short film.
Savannah Gallion
Savannah Gallion 5 օր առաջ
I realized I recognized one of the actors from the show "All Creatures Great And Small!"
Machung Dodum
Machung Dodum 5 օր առաջ
We need a sequal for this movie.. where the child gets United wit the teacher again for ever 😭😭
rnorvegicus 5 օր առաջ
Wow! Just Wow, on all levels!
Heena Pirankar
Heena Pirankar 5 օր առաջ
The fact that her brother took the initiative to understand some signs and knew she was asking for orange juice is appreciable
Carla Vela
Carla Vela 5 օր առաջ
Asi es, la sordera no es el problema, sino el infierno que el núcleo familiar crea alrededor de los niños con sordera.
Tri Astuti
Tri Astuti 5 օր առաջ
It's reminds me of Hellen Keller
Sreejith DKN.
Sreejith DKN. 5 օր առաջ
Great acting, great casting. Movie with a message
A B 5 օր առաջ
I was convinced it wasn't the end until it was. The ending is harsh ! Great short film
Joni's Instrumental
Joni's Instrumental 5 օր առաջ
Tessa Michael
Tessa Michael 5 օր առաջ
Her mother needs real help and support.... she is out of touch
Sunita Varshney
Sunita Varshney 5 օր առաջ
Noreen Albright
Noreen Albright 5 օր առաջ
Lord, give them eyes to see. Let children have options that need special assistance and help. It is very challenging for them. Surround them with supports and help in areas they need. Life is different for them and we have to support them, they should not be "lost". The hardest part is many families are dsyfunctional like hers. Parents don't see their child, invest in their child and make discouraging statements, not encouraging words and engagement.
Jay Vala
Jay Vala 5 օր առաջ
FlowerPot 5 օր առաջ
I really wish this was an actual movie, because i would watch it all the time
Sharon R.
Sharon R. 5 օր առաջ
Elsea David
Elsea David 5 օր առաջ
I teach 6 and 7 grades, I've been hoping to learn sign language since a young age but was told I didn't need to because I can hear perfectly well... I had a friend then a younger cousin who were deaf. Nobody around these kids ever bothered learning sign language. I think it should be counted as a second language from primary onwards. I thought the basis to my daughter. Can't find a school that teaches it. What a blast.
Juma Battak
Juma Battak 6 օր առաջ
The last scene was so moving 😭😭😭
Lizzy Talks
Lizzy Talks 6 օր առաջ
Does anyone think how she looks like Dakota Fanning when she was young. Such an actress in the making
Relaxing Meditation Daily
Relaxing Meditation Daily 6 օր առաջ
I love classical music, But the sound of rain or water and music is the best, It really creates a magical and relaxing atmosphere. God bless you all❤
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