One would think that the makers of a documentary about a specific group of disabled people would have a vested interest in making that film accessible to that group. It's odd, then, that the documentary Touch the Sound, about deaf musician Evelyn Glennie, was released in theaters without subtitling for hearing impaired viewers. Kathryn Hill of the LA Voice wrote the distributor, Shadow, a letter asking for clarification, and got the following response: "We made the decision not to subtitle the prints for two reasons: the visual aspect of the film is as important as the aural, and the director felt (and we agreed) that the subtitles would be hurtful; and because much of the movie deals with sounds that subtitles cannot deal with." The film will reportedly be available soon on a closed-captioned DVD; but that's not good enough for Hill. "I’m quite shocked and offended by this response," she writes, "but even more surprised that they did not consider rear-window captioning." Click through for her highly informed explanation of what Shadow should have done.

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categories Movies, Cinematical