Sound and Fury

The Communication Wars of the Deaf

Sound and Fury takes viewers inside the seldom seen world of the deaf to witness a painful family struggle over a controversial medical technology called the cochlear implant. Some family members celebrate the implant as a long overdue cure for deafness while others fear it will destroy their language and way of life. Sound and Fury explores this seemingly irreconcilable conflict as it illuminates the ongoing struggle for identity among deaf people today.

The Artinian family is at the epicenter of this conflict and their incredible story illustrates the tension and raw emotion on both sides of this highly charged fence. Two brothers, one deaf and one hearing, anguish over the difficult choices they face about how to raise their deaf children. They reach very different conclusions about the cochlear implant, and their decisions spark passionate responses from their hearing and deaf relatives.

Out of the Artinian's extraordinary candor emerges a rare and intimate portrait of the deaf that forces viewers to re-examine their definitions of personal identity, disability, culture and community. In addition to raising questions about deaf culture that few people in the hearing world ever consider, Sound and Fury offers the embattled deaf community an opportunity to gain greater understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of personal choice.

Also of interest: the sequel, Sound and Fury: Six Years Later

Also by Mr. Aronson:Twins: Children with Cochlear Implants


Selected Notable Videos for Adults, ALA, 2002
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2001
Academy Award Nominee, 2000
Sundance Film Festival, 2000
San Francisco Film Festival, 2000
Golden Spire Award Winner New Directors/New Films, 2000
Seattle Film Festival, 2000


"powerful, insightful, important and emotionally wrenching!" Anita Gates, The New York Times
"… a powerful examination of a question that is nowhere as simple as it may seem at first!" Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Highly recommended" Video Librarian

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