Language for the deaf
Name Me Lawand
Directed by Edward Lovelace
Certificate PG, 91 minutes
Released 7 July
Lawand, a young Iraqi boy, has been written off. He is different, he apparently doesn’t want to communicate with others. No one in his home country can help him. And that’s that.
Except, his parents don’t believe it. They are sure something can be done for their son, just not in Iraq. So, although all their friends and family are there, they leave the country believing it has nothing whatsoever to offer their son. And they move to the UK and settle in Derby.
Lawand’s issue is that he is completely deaf, and therefore can’t be taught in a school set up for those with functioning hearing. As such, he has no way of learning language from those who can hear. A different approach is required to enable him to develop basic language skills.
This documentary… [Read the rest at Reform magazine]
Name Me Lawand is out in UK and Irish cinemas on Friday, July 7th.