Deaf Child

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  • Alex de Ronde
  • Netherlands
  • 2017
  • 72 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

Tobias was already a year old when his parents were confronted with the news that he'd been born deaf. Their automatic reaction was to moderate their expectations—a deaf child, they assumed, was surely destined for an isolated, disadvantaged life. His father Alex de Ronde looks back on the life of his now young adult son and the choices he made as a father. The childhood photos, home movies and frank conversations with Tobias and his brother Joachim reveal how he managed to turn his disadvantage to his benefit. He connects the worlds of the hearing and the deaf through his job as a teacher of sign language. By unconditionally accepting his deafness, he’s able to address several issues, like raising a deaf child and its effects on other family members, and the absurd consequences of having a disability status. 


  • 72 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Dutch
  • Subtitles in: English
Alex de Ronde
Pieter van Huystee for Pieter van Huystee Film
Alex de Ronde, Remco Bikkers, Deen van der Zaken, Pieter Colombijn
Chris van Oers
Alex de Ronde, Charles Kerstens, Bob Aronds

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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