Movie breaks new ground for hearing-impaired cinema-goers

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Movie breaks new ground for hearing-impaired cinema-goers

Award-winning film that makes the use of special equipment unnecessary is thought to be a first for feature releases

Jill Serjeant

Going to the movies isn’t much fun for deaf people. Screenings in theatres with subtitles are limited and the special glasses and equipment needed to read them are often broken or unavailable.

CODA, a coming-of-age story about the only hearing member of a deaf family, will change that when it is screened with open subtitles that need no special equipment in US and UK movie theatres on Friday.

“It couldn’t be more groundbreaking, (just) as the film is groundbreaking in support of the deaf community and the hard-of-hearing community,” said Marlee Matlin, who plays a deaf mother in the film. Matlin is the only deaf performer to ever win an Oscar, for best actress in Children of a Lesser God in 1987...

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