The Silent Child
A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.
The Silent Child is a British sign-language short film written by and starring Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton, and released in 2017 by Slick Films. It tells the story of Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl, who lives a silent life until a social worker, played by Shenton, teaches her how to communicate through sign language. The film won the Oscar for Live Action Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards. The film's television debut was on BBC One to an audience of 3.6 million, the film then received an extended period on BBC iPlayer.
‘Realistic and moving, with beautiful cinematography, this is a stirring call for awareness of the plight of deaf schoolchildren. ‘ Arts Fuse
Academy Awards, USA 2018 Winner of the Oscar for Best Live Short Film
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award
American Short Film Awards 2017Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film of The Year
Encounters International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award for the Shorts Showcase Award
Gold Movie Awards 2017 Winner of the Best of the Year Award Best of the Year
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Award of Recognition
Lift-Off Global Network, London 2017 Winner of the Lift-Off Season Award
London Independent Film Awards 2017 Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Actress
London Independent Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Grand Jury Prize
New Renaissance Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Jury Prize
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