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May 28, 2006

Sound & Fury: Six Years Later

From: An Aronson Films Production - May 28, 2006

Sound & Fury: Six Years Later
An Aronson Films Production
Produced and Directed by Josh Aronson

The life of the Artinian family of Long Island was chronicled in the Academy Award nominated film “Sound and Fury “ that came out in 2000.
“Sound and Fury Six Years Later” is another engaging look at this extraordinary family in the years since their first movie captured audiences around the world.

“Sound and Fury” ended with 6-year-old Heather’s parents deciding not to implant her. With the family painfully divided over this issue, Heather’s parents moved their family to Frederick, Maryland to bring their kids up in the signing deaf world.

In this stand-alone follow up film we learn that Heather’s family changed their mind and she finally did get the implant at 9 years old, as did heather’s 2 younger brothers, her mother, her deaf aunt and her 2 deaf cousins. Now 12, Heather is the only deaf child in her mainstream school. She takes classes with everyone else, plays basketball and volleyball, stays near the top of her class and is popular with her hearing peers. Heather’s speech is understandable and she speaks and she is delighted with her communication skills.

But Heather has not stopped signing. She glides smoothly between the hearing world she is now a part of and the signing deaf world of her parents. In this follow up film we learn how Heather’s parents changed their minds, moved back to Long Island and re-joined their family. Heather’s father, who was so resistant to the implant in “Sound & Fury,” talks about how, with observation and education, he has learned how useful the implant can be for deaf children and how glad he is that his children have it. He says, though, he knows he’ll never get one himself.

This resilient family is a remarkable testament to family devotion, tireless responsibility to children and enduring love.

Sound and Fury: 6 Years Later
Total running time: 29 Minutes
Available in closed captioned VHS and DVD.

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