Regard Silence

Mira el silencio

  • Santiago Zermeño
  • Mexico
  • 2022
  • 30 min
  • International Premiere
  • Frontlight

“I love poetry because it makes me feel like my mind expands.” In Regard Silence, that's the very first sentence expressed—in sign language of course. Watching the poems signed by deaf people in this film has a similarly mind-expanding effect. That’s because sign language—the Mexican version in this case—is a very different means of communication than written or spoken language.

Regard Silence shows several deaf people participating in a poetry workshop. Their attempts to express themselves are alternated in the film with individual interviews about being a deaf person communicating in a hearing world. How does it affect one's sense of self-worth to learn sign language after years of lip reading?

Some of the participants go a step further during their poetry readings: one of them signs, “We have to tear down the limits of imagination.” They come up with their own signs, only some of which can be understood through association or context. But that’s not the main point—it's the powerful form of self-expression that leaves a lasting impression.


  • 30 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Sign Language
  • Subtitles in: English
Santiago Zermeño
Lau Charles for Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (C.C.C.), Andrea Juárez for Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (C.C.C.)
Angel Jara Taboada
Santiago Zermeño
Jorge Leal Carrera

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