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Language: ASL, English
Run Time: 80 minutes
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Besides an occasional visit to the ice cream shop or the few years of respite spent with her loving foster mother, Michelle’s childhood was nothing short of traumatic. Deaf and autistic, Michelle endured years of neglect, sexual abuse, and a hostile world that refused to ever take the time or make an effort to listen to her. An early encounter with law enforcement left Michelle terrified of anyone in uniform, a catalyst for numerous arrests and five years in a Florida state prison. For the duration of her incarceration, Michelle had no interpreter and little opportunity to sign. This perpetual breakdown in communication had been her life’s recurring theme until she gained the support of Kim, a prison volunteer who would become Michelle’s legal guardian after her release. A powerful and heart-wrenching documentary, BEING MICHELLE explores Michelle’s appalling accounts of her experiences with the criminal justice system and her brave attempt to fight for her rights under the law. —A.B.
Content Warning: This film contains material that may be difficult for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
KeyBank State Theatre
Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 5:10 PM
Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 9:15 AM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: Yes
English Subtitles: Yes
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition