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Voices From El Sayed

Two hundred years ago Sheik El-Sayed arrived to the Negev desert in the south of Israel. The Sheik was Bedouin, a Muslim-Arab tribe of herders which has been walking the deserts of Arabia with their families and flock for centuries. Sheik El-Sayed was unique, he was deaf, and his deafness was genetically passed on to his sons, grandsons and great grandsons.

Today El-Sayed village has the largest percentage of deaf people in the world, still no hearing aids can be seen; for the people of El-Sayed, deafness is not a handicap. Throughout the generations a unique 'El-Sayed' Sign Language has evolved making it the most popular communication method amongst deaf and hearing.

Salim's decision is evoking great conflict and threatening the village's tradition of coexistence between deaf and hearing. This rare coexistence has created a society that accepts deafness as natural as life itself, making the viewer wonder about the discrimination of disabled people in the so called 'advanced' modern world.

'Voices from El-Sayed' follows the one year long frustrating rehabilitation progress of Muhammad through the point of view of the deaf community of the village and offers us intimate cinematic dialogue with these marvellous people.