4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
Eleven-year-old Ellen is deaf, just like her parents and most of her family, and only communicates through sign language. She’s in the ﬁnal year of primary school and has to choose which high school she will attend. An important choice, since Ellen is not only making the transition to a more adult world, but perhaps also to a hearing world. She doesn’t like the idea of going to a boarding school for deaf children; she’d much rather attend a school for the hard of hearing with her friend Myrthe. knows what she wants. “I know the deaf world,” she says determinedly. “I want to learn to speak for the future.” The ﬁlm brings us into the deaf world, where communication works differently and the senses need to be used in unusual ways.
Born in 1971, Saskia Gubbels studied Photographic and Audiovisual Design at University of Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and got a degree at St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda. Door de Oren van Ellen / Through Ellen’s Ear (2011) Scènes Uit Het Omgangshuis / Scenes from the Contact Centre (2010) Azza (2010) De Zee Lacht Me Toe / The Sea Smiles at Me (2009) Het Gelijk van Mijn Tante / My Aunt Was Right (2007) Zigeunermeisje / Gypsy Girl (2005)