At a young age I knew I was participating in something special and unique. These movies on deaf culture reinforce … I was saddened (but not really surprised) to watch the documentary and learn how MACOS was received in the US. This video happens to be shot in Kugaaruk, Nunavut and the cover page is my mom. As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. They explain that, whenever you ask a hearing person this question they respond with a lot of “can’ts”. But it’s as the larger issues of education, politics and ideology emerge that “Through These Eyes” really rivets interest. The film presents the shared experiences of American history - family life, education, work, and community connections from the perspective of deaf citizens , and Gallaudet University president emeritus I. He filmed various places and scenery very much known to him. Charged with a Kennedy-era directive to devise an educational program that might create enlightened future adults and a more peaceful, post-Cold War world, several leading intellectuals and educational experts — led by famed ethnographer Asen Balicki — came up with “Man: A Course of Study” aka MACOS. Ester Solley, PhD, Education, Curriculum and Instruction. I am fifty-three years old now, I would have been twelve when I studied the course; I've never watched any of the course material in those intervening thirty-one years and yet I remembered it all with clarity - that alone is a testament to how well-developed and intellectually stimulating the course must have been. Fests, pubcasters, and a long classroom shelf life are on the curriculum. I'm grateful for the lost decade of the 1970's. About. documentary & reportage, multilingual. The program was eliminated in the Arizona schools by a Republican Senator calling it heathenism and other absurd names. In 1970-71 I became one of a small group of teachers who piloted this anthropological social studies curriculum in the Maplewood-South Orange, NJ, public schools. Color footage of the Netsilik, both original and 40 years later, at first seems the pic’s main attraction. To my surprise, my father was not the only one who thought highly of the curriculum! The gates open after six weeks when Steven's wires are removed from his jaw. Sixty year old people expressing how they became critical thinkers, open minded strategists, doctors, lawyers, pilots, and entrepreneurs as a result of good curriculum in a poor, suburban neighborhood. At its core was The Netsilik Film Series, an acclaimed benchmark of visual anthropology from the National Film Board that captured a year in the life of an Inuit family, reconstructing an ancient culture on the cusp of contact with the outside world. I believe this thoughtful approach to social studies left a lasting impression on my students, but I know it has affected my life as teacher, mother, and now as curriculum director. I grew up in the Arctic with my parents and it was the most rewarding experience and continues to do so as they are both still living. Whether that repped a tragedy or triumph depends on how "secular humanism" strikes ya. Whether such intellectual debate (especially among 10-year-olds) belongs in public schools remains divisive. The curriculum was a wonderful way of opening children s minds to culture and creating an atmosphere of critical thinking. In 2004, the National Film Board of Canada produced Through These Eyes, a documentary about the controversy surrounding MACOS, and more generally about the interplay between politics and education. I have the films and a lot of the books that go with the series. I remember. Thank-you for making âThrough These Eyesâ freely available, thank-you to the original people involved in designing the course and finally, thank-you very much to the Netsilik people for allowing a twelve year old on the other side of the world a glimpse into your life and culture, it may not have been valued by everyone but it was by me. That something so educationally engaging and thought provoking was cancelled has always bothered me. When his school stopped using it, he couldn't bear to see it thrown away and brought it home. The situation becomes similar, there's one guy who finds himself face to face against three guys. Through Deaf Eyes is a two-hour HDTV documentary exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. The film presents the shared experiences of American history — family life, education, work, and community connections — from the perspective of deaf citizens. National Archives, Image: 165-WW-77E-3. A fiery national debate ensued between academic and conservative forces. There were no wrong or right answers. As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. 29 April 2010. But the graphic images of the Netsilik people created a clash of values that tore rifts in communities across the U.S. and revealed a fragile relationship between politics and education. I was fascinated. Decades later, as American influence continues to affect cultures worldwide, the story of MACOS resonates strongly. I can honestly say that nothing in all my twelve years of schooling has both fascinated and stayed with me throughout my life as this programme did. It was an incredible experience and what I did is just as relevant today as it was 45 years ago. I am retiring after this year and always think back how the teaching of MACOS and the whole atmosphere of Sage Park was made me the person and teacher I am today. I think that the main theme of this documentary is that TODAY vs PAST, knowledge of education. I was about to put them on my burn pile but then thought I should look it up on-line. Unusual year-long social sciences bill for 5th graders centered on watching and discussing newly shot footage of Netsilik Eskimos whose culture remained unchanged by the outside world as late as the 1910s. As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. "Through These Eyes" looks back at a long-forgotten U.S. educational plan whose revolutionary concepts were torpedoed from public schools by outraged parents and conservative politicos. Speakers tend to use the technique ethos in order to establish credibility. This 3-part Historical Documentary series produced for Al Jazeera English and Arabic explores the events surrounding World War One and its legacy from an Arab perspective. In 1972 I moved to the Chicago area and again taught MACOS in a Chicago suburb until 1977. In the documentary, 13th, it starts off right away throwing out facts It wasnât long before I came upon this documentary explaining the political ripple effect of this program and what led to its demise. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the Netsilik people. Foes suggested this would somehow lead to godless, undemocratic hedonism. 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It quite literally sickened me to watch. Documentary In the 1960s, an elementary school program entitled Man: A Course of Study looked to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic to help American students see their own society in a new way. This film breaks my heart for the Netsilik people and for the awful anti-intellectualism so prevalent in my country. Through the use of these techniques, Ava DuVernay connects them with vivid imagery to really drive her point that the 13th amendment did not necessarily end slavery, it just added a loophole that enslavers were able to use. I was thinking about this program recently and decided to do a little research. When I was in fifth grade I was exposed to a special program called âMan: A Course of Studyâ or MACOs. This was a unique program at the time with some very non-traditional methods of execution, content, and format. The film series made such an impression on me that, I decided to try and find (at least) mention of it online. The film presents the shared experiences of American history—family life, education, work, and community connections—from the perspective of deaf citizens. Fests, pubcasters, and a long classroom life are on the curriculum. In this article, the author outlines how a documentary film about the history of deafness in the United States, inspired by the exhibition "History through Deaf Eyes," is going to be created. Through Deaf Eyes was an extremely enlightening documentary about deaf life in America. The key for me as I understand now was that it helped me to learn about learning. King Jordan.The movie started by CJ Jones who is an actor & director. Fascinating docu “Through These Eyes” looks back at a long-forgotten U.S. educational plan whose simple yet revolutionary concepts were eventually torpedoed from public schools by outraged parents and conservative politicos. An American elementary school program from the 1970s, Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), looked to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic to help students see their own society in a new way. A fiery national debate ensued between academic and conservative forces. MACOS was an innovative social sciences program designed to teach American children "what it was to be human." Many of them are dying in their apartments, only to be discovered weeks or even months later by neighbours alarmed by the smell. So it's important for those who created this curriculum to know that the affect has been long-lasting and continues from one generation to the next. The spirit of questions and the openess to discuss any topic continued even after I was no longer able to teach MACOS. We pride ourselves has inuk just like any other culture around the world. The film is propelled by the stories of people, both eminent and ordinary, and sheds light on events that have shaped Deaf lives. The same thing continues in the US educational system. With Maya Angelou, Simon Wiesenthal, Aaron Simon Gross. These artists took their fate into their own hands to make a compelling statement about the human spirit, enduring against unimaginable odds. Through Deaf Eyes is the most informational movie about Deaf people. Overview. Featuring candid accounts of Holocaust survivors employing their artistic talents in their fight for survival, and as a means to express the horror of their experiences. I saw the The Netsilik Film Series as part of my elementary school curriculum in Canada during the 1970s. Through These Eyes, Charles Laird, provided by the National Film Board of Canada, I studied this course in year 6 at Gilles Plains Primary School in Adelaide South Australia; I was 11 years old at the time and I really looked forward to these lessons. McCurry recalls his impulse to photograph Ground Zero, as the site of the former World Trade Center is called by reporters. Through these eyes. The documentary covers a span of close to 200 years of deaf life in the United States. Because my thesis included the study of Man: A Course of Study and the fact that I had been a student actively participating in the curriculum, my line of questioning to these people were, what do you remember about the curriculum and how do you think it affected your career. The film was produced by the Films Division of Government of India. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. MACOS was an innovative social sciences program designed to teach American children “what it was to be human.” At its core was the Netsilik Eskimo Series of films, an acclaimed benchmark of visual anthropology that captured a year in the life of an Inuit family living in the remote … Questions were led by Socratic thinking strategies. I believe that the film does a good job of revealing the struggles and triumphs of deaf people in society throughout history. The controversy overly focuses on pitting western society against the Inuits but misses the point. Directed by Hilary Helstein. Filmed and edited by art director… The Eskimos’ pure way of life in extreme isolation was offered up sans narration or any other interpretive tool. The film presents the shared experiences of American history - family life, education, work, and community connections - from the perspective of deaf citizens. Decades later, as American influence continues to affect cultures worldwide, the story of MACOS resonates strongly. THROUGH DEAF EYES is a two-hour documentary that explores 200 years of Deaf life in America. THROUGH DEAF EYES is a production of WETA Washington, D.C. & Florentine Films /Hott Productions, Inc. in association … Web site for "As Seen Through These Eyes" - a documentary by Hilary Helstein. I knew I was at a progressive school but did not realize how much we were ahead when I read about the controversy around teaching MACOS. 55min | Documentary | 2004 (Canada) The ancient Inuit culture in contact with the outside world. As Seen Through These Eyes. Original B&W footage of kids and teachers involved in the process are revelatory, as one can see young minds alight with self-discovery. Kodokushi, Japan's epidemic of isolation through the eyes of a 'lonely death' cleaner Over the past few decades, the number of Japan seniors living alone has risen sharply. 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Such fiery rhetoric now sounds ridiculous … but there is actual classroom footage here of a little girl surprising her classmates with the opinion that, given every culture’s similar-yet-different religious beliefs, she now doubts there really is a God at all. It's the same story now with evolution and almost any kind of science. The group of students that were in this study were my classmates and I contacted many of them while working on my doctorate in education. Fascinating docu “Through These Eyes” looks back at a long-forgotten U.S. educational plan whose simple yet revolutionary concepts were eventually torpedoed from public schools by … "History through Deaf Eyes" will have a dual focus. Through These Eyes. This film is a balanced presentation of deaf experience. As a young teacher this innovative curriculum formed who I became as a teacher and MACOS opne-ended discussions came to characterize my classroom. Through These Eyes looks back at the high stakes of this controversial curriculum. Narrator Sigourney Weaver describes … As in the US the programme was cancelled in Australia through the advent of fundamentalist Christian intervention. This program taught us about human value and culture through the watching and discussion of documentary footage of wildlife leading to life in a fading Alaskan culture. It's Steven's friends Mark and Ben who eventually persuade him to look for James. Its nice to know the curriculum and videos were enjoyed by people. Documentary concerning the social studies program "man a course of study" and the eventual furor that killed it. World War One was four years of bitter conflict from 1914 to 1918. Through Deaf Eyes is a two-hour documentary that explores almost 200 years of Deaf life in America and presents a broad range of perspectives on what it means to be deaf. THROUGH THESE EYES. It features I am an anthropologist who taught my four children a full program of anthropology at home, thus causing a lot of difficulty for myself and them at school. I also was a student in the 1960's who participated in the curriculum study of MACOS. While specific bits of content (notably a violent seal hunt) in the films were fingered as inappropriate viewing for children, what really ticked off some parents and politicos was more general: They saw MACOS’ invitation to interpret the world oneself as a threat to traditional values. The extra things deaf people must do to fit in a hearing world may well prepare them for certain circumstances better than a hearing person would be. The film begins with the question, what do you think it would be like being a deaf person? In spite of the discomfort of watching this film, I am glad I saw it--I think I saw some of the footage in college, but will now read the related literature and refamiliarize myself with these fascinating people. Indeed, this superbly edited docu could easily have dwelled on these complex matters at greater length. Creating the "History through Deaf Eyes" Documentary. However the particular video and talking about MACOs and students in the US has no understanding of the inuit people. Students were encouraged to figure out for themselves the universal building blocks of human community — family, work, faith, etc. As a primary school student in Brisbane, Australia in the early 1970s I studied this course. World War 1 through Arab Eyes. This documentary focuses on National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry; his coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; and the response of American Muslims to the attacks. From January 1972 to June of 1972 I was doing my student teaching at Sage Park Junior High School in Windsor, CT. ', Broken Promises - The High Arctic Relocation. THROUGH THESE EYES (TV) Summary. Whether that repped a tragedy or triumph depends on how “secular humanism” strikes ya. How the southern schools… Hussain chose Rajasthan as the place, which he often visited hitherto to draw the paintings. — “Through Deaf Eyes,” a two-hour HDTV documentary for PBS, explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. I felt privileged to be participating in this program. Laudable as that may sound, however, MACOS soon magnetized controversy — shocking its creators, who in retrospect judge themselves politically naive. “Through Deaf Eyes” just furthered my opinion that though deaf people are “disadvantaged” by hearing people’s standards, hearing people may be disadvantaged by deaf people’s standards. They presented … The ONLY thing that I remember specifically learning throughout all of my school years, was almost every bit of Man: A Course of Study. THROUGH DEAF EYES is a two-hour HDTV documentary for PBS exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. COMPANY I first learned about Man: A Course of Study as a graduate student in education in 1969-70. Through These Eyes is an experimental documentary short film, shot on iPhone 6 over the course of 5 months living in Tokyo, Japan. Deaf people, however, do not think like that, they think of all the things they can do. I am now 52 years old. Sign Language Studies, v7 n2 p135-140 Win 2007. Through These Eyes looks back at the high stakes of this controversial curriculum. 1.What do you feel is the main theme of this documentary? This riveting documentary reveals how an educational dream became a bitter political battle over cultural differences. I learned. It saddens me to watch this and how its so negatively people in the Arctic are portrait. 10439 views. Hott, Lawrence. It opened my heart and mind and energized and expanded my thinking. In “Through Deaf Eyes” you will find a range of perspective on the question what is deafness? I had no idea all of this happened in the background. Through Deaf Eyes "Through Deaf Eyes," a two-hour HDTV documentary for PBS, explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. Through These Eyes (2003) 55 min, a film by Charles Laird distributed by DER Synopsis: This riveting documentary reveals how an educational dream became a bitter political battle over cultural differences. This film on PBS probably opened thousands of hearing people’s eyes to the intriguing lives of Deaf people. Their responses were amazing. A fiery national debate ensued between academic and conservative forces. Watching this documentary brought tears to my eyes, tears brought about by the sadness and narrow-minded anti-intellectual actions of people unable to appreciate the value in any culture that wasn't their own. THROUGH DEAF EYES is a two-hour HDTV documentary that explores 200 years of Deaf life in America. Through the Eyes of a Painter is 1967 Indian film written, directed and filmed by M. F. Husain, the famous Indian painter. My father taught the MACOS curriculum and thought it was absolutely the best thing. I can’t, I can’t I can’t. provided by the National Film Board of Canada, Canada Vignettes: Vignettes from Labrador North, Professor Norman Cornett: 'Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer? A brilliant man created the curriculum and an idiot politician removed it. Most hearing people are completely clueless when it comes to Deaf people, the Deaf community, and Deaf culture. Uploaded by: NFB. The film includes interviews with prominent members … You will be redirected back to your article in. © Copyright 2021 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Although Mallory tries desperately to help Steven swallow his hunger for vengeance.