The Silent Child - Oscar® Winning Short Film

20 Nën 2020
2 575 371 Shikime

Please turn on captions, as they are essential for the sign-language used throughout this film.
A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker gives her the gift of communication.
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"Gorgeously shot and perfectly performed, the movie delivers an emotional wallop that many features six times its length never achieve” - The New York Times
"Effortlessly heart-tugging" - Los Angeles Times
"A rich script from first-time screenwriter Rachel Shenton” - IndieWire
"It’s beautiful and it’s a real little movie. I loved it” - The Hollywood Reporter
Written by: Rachel Shenton
Directed by: Chris Overton
Produced by: Rachel Shenton, Chris Overton, Rebecca Harris, Julie Foy
Associate Producer: Ali Farahani
Production Company: Slick Films
Starring: Maisie Sly, Rachel Shenton, Rachel Fielding, Philip York
Cinematography: Ali Farahani
Music by: Amir Konjani
Edited by: Emily Walder
Sound Design: Greg Claridge
Executive Producers: Danny Ormerod, Vanessa Johnstone, Terry Murphy, Mo Chaudry, Ian Lowe
Distributed exclusively by Network Ireland Television (NITV) worldwide. Visit our website

  • There was a little deaf girl I used to work with in equine therapy. I remember the very first day of class like it was yesterday. She wanted to know her horse’s name. I tapped her on the shoulder and signed, “Sunflower.” Her face light up when she realized that I could speak her language. She burst into a flood of signing- by far more than I could keep up with! I had to tell her to slow down and say it again. She wanted to know what the other horse’s name was. “Bear.” Why does Sunflower have a purple lead rope??? Well, I think that’s her favorite color. On and on we went. These kids are humans too- they deserve no less than the other groups out there yelling for their rights.

    Kayla McClellanKayla McClellan14 minuta më parë
  • We all need such kind of supportive person in our lives.... Nd being silent is not the problem.. being alone is main cause.

    Rida ChRida Ch16 minuta më parë
  • *cries silently*

    DarkX GachaAndeoDarkX GachaAndeoOrë më parë
  • This story was amaizing but it was sad at the end

    K AyngeK AyngeOrë më parë
  • Sometimes it feels like people having normal ability of hearing are deaf by heart. They are unable to understand what their family, loved ones....want from them. They impose fucking society rules just to show their power. Even being a normal human, there was a time when I felt alone like the girl in this short movie feels in the end. All alone!.....

    Amanpreet KaurAmanpreet Kaur2 orë më parë
  • This definitely deserved an oscar . ❤️

    BonsaiBonsai3 orë më parë
  • So so sad and yet so so true :(

    jenjob428jenjob4285 orë më parë
  • So the parent didn't care until the end?

    Frizzie BubblechFrizzie Bubblech7 orë më parë
  • I don’t come across many deaf or hard of hearing people in my life but I would love to learn Auslan, thank you for this short film.

    Sammy JonesSammy Jones9 orë më parë
  • I realized I recognized one of the actors from the show "All Creatures Great And Small!"

    Savannah GallionSavannah Gallion11 orë më parë
  • We need a sequal for this movie.. where the child gets United wit the teacher again for ever 😭😭

    Machung DodumMachung Dodum11 orë më parë
  • Wow! Just Wow, on all levels!

    rnorvegicusrnorvegicus12 orë më parë
  • The fact that her brother took the initiative to understand some signs and knew she was asking for orange juice is appreciable

    Heena PirankarHeena Pirankar14 orë më parë
  • Asi es, la sordera no es el problema, sino el infierno que el núcleo familiar crea alrededor de los niños con sordera.

    Carla VelaCarla Vela14 orë më parë
  • It's reminds me of Hellen Keller

    Tri AstutiTri Astuti15 orë më parë
  • Great acting, great casting. Movie with a message

    Sreejith DKN.Sreejith DKN.16 orë më parë
  • I was convinced it wasn't the end until it was. The ending is harsh ! Great short film

    A BA B17 orë më parë
  • ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️😊

    Joni's InstrumentalJoni's Instrumental17 orë më parë
  • Her mother needs real help and support.... she is out of touch

    Tessa MichaelTessa Michael17 orë më parë

    Sunita VarshneySunita Varshney18 orë më parë
  • Lord, give them eyes to see. Let children have options that need special assistance and help. It is very challenging for them. Surround them with supports and help in areas they need. Life is different for them and we have to support them, they should not be "lost". The hardest part is many families are dsyfunctional like hers. Parents don't see their child, invest in their child and make discouraging statements, not encouraging words and engagement.

    Noreen AlbrightNoreen Albright18 orë më parë
  • 💔

    Jay ValaJay Vala18 orë më parë
  • I really wish this was an actual movie, because i would watch it all the time

    FlowerPotFlowerPot18 orë më parë

    Sharon R.Sharon R.19 orë më parë
  • I teach 6 and 7 grades, I've been hoping to learn sign language since a young age but was told I didn't need to because I can hear perfectly well... I had a friend then a younger cousin who were deaf. Nobody around these kids ever bothered learning sign language. I think it should be counted as a second language from primary onwards. I thought the basis to my daughter. Can't find a school that teaches it. What a blast.

    Elsea DavidElsea David19 orë më parë
  • The last scene was so moving 😭😭😭

    Juma BattakJuma Battak20 orë më parë
  • Does anyone think how she looks like Dakota Fanning when she was young. Such an actress in the making

    Lizzy TalksLizzy Talks22 orë më parë
  • I love classical music, But the sound of rain or water and music is the best, It really creates a magical and relaxing atmosphere. God bless you all❤

    Relaxing Meditation DailyRelaxing Meditation Daily23 orë më parë
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    Shareef ShaShareef ShaDitë më parë
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    AnthrazitAnthrazitDitë më parë
  • Moin ihr plebs

    Rammsy HartmannRammsy HartmannDitë më parë
  • Jan welander

    Nina WelanderNina WelanderDitë më parë
  • bro this is kinda cringe

    Bertram Svinth ThommesenBertram Svinth ThommesenDitë më parë
  • gosh 78% of deaf kids don't have support at school. This would never happen in Australia. We are so lucky here.

    Georgina BurkeGeorgina BurkeDitë më parë
  • I'd like to give a shout out to all the deaf kids out there: "🗣️!"

    Key MasterKey MasterDitë më parë
  • The fact the mother refuses to learn sign language is disgusting! Like I've seen random people learn sign language for their neighbour or someone they know in their neighbourhood! 😣

    EenamEenamDitë më parë
  • I love this film.

    Alex SwedenborgAlex SwedenborgDitë më parë
  • It made me cry.

    Maple fairyMaple fairyDitë më parë
  • Awesome film. I hope it will strongly contribute to improve deaf children situation.

    MoonwatcherMoonwatcherDitë më parë
  • Her mom is extremely toxic. She refuses to learn sign language and get an interpretor for her OWN DAUGHTER. She gives every child attention, but not Libby, even though she's deaf and clearly unhappy. And seeing how she says "goodbye" when she's not facing her is just making me angry.

    Rainbow UnicornRainbow UnicornDitë më parë
  • The heart break, Rashma, is Parents who couldn’t cope. The girl has a wonderful brain, just couldn’t hear.. Don’t give them a fish, Teach them how to fish.

    John CarsonJohn CarsonDitë më parë
  • How isolated these children must feel they need inclusion . and growth and understanding in schools and communities ! .

    Karen FuchsKaren FuchsDitë më parë
  • Me ha recordado tanto a mi hermana... le ha pasado exactamente esto... gracias por esta pelicula

    O. P.O. P.Ditë më parë
  • Vasalis, a Dutch poet once wrote: "En niet het snijden doet zo'n pijn, maar het afgesneden zijn." The cutting doesn't hurt that much, however being cut off does. That is exactly what I recognize seeing the girl in this film.

    Ad DeenenAd DeenenDitë më parë
    • That's true!

      Dziki FotografDziki FotografDitë më parë
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    ghtgh cfrtghtgh cfrtDitë më parë
  • Very touching!!

    Sunil PratapSunil PratapDitë më parë
  • It is a nice n heart touching film.I am an Indian like all other Indians who know life has endless forms whether we can see or not. Let the every form live in their own world.

    Kalyan MozumderKalyan MozumderDitë më parë
  • WOW!!!

    lincoln3307lincoln3307Ditë më parë
  • It's scary how this movie returned so much memories to me

    Abrar EzzAbrar EzzDitë më parë
  • It's given me a good message and a heart-melting short film. Thank You so much for sharing!!

    Manesh PrasannanManesh PrasannanDitë më parë
  • 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭🙇🏻‍♀️🙇🏻‍♀️🙇🏻‍♀️

    Maria Célia NascimentoMaria Célia NascimentoDitë më parë
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    Adelia FarmerAdelia FarmerDitë më parë
  • education only doesnt make u human except injecting u with selfish ,anger and greed

  • I was thinking to learn sign-languege, now i am making it a plan. I'm learning English and German , why not sign-languege too... Lets learn it together. Like or comment (that your'll learn it too) to show your support. Just imagine, we could say ' Hi, how are you ' to Libby ...

    Mustafa A AMustafa A A2 ditë më parë
    • @Dziki Fotograf Thanks! :)

      Thena JayThena Jay11 orë më parë
    • @Thena Jay Great, good luck! :)

      Dziki FotografDziki FotografDitë më parë
    • I'm planning to learn ASL (American Sign Language) in high school.

      Thena JayThena JayDitë më parë
    • While ago I thought that sing language is one for everyone. But it isn't. Do you know, that every language has its own sing language?

      Dziki FotografDziki FotografDitë më parë
  • The film that took about 20 years a makr because they wanted to be accurate if so I truly respect that It’s hard enough to live with a disability but when media likes to twist it in the wrong way it makes it worse but this movie is a testament to proper research and understanding someone with a disability and wanting to do the right thing by them

    Pink RemusPink Remus2 ditë më parë
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    Newton MastNewton Mast2 ditë më parë
    • What is with the trend of people posting nonsense words as comments?? Annoying AF! If it's intended to be annoying, congratulations: it's working.

      Anne DwyerAnne DwyerDitë më parë
  • Recently I’ve been talking to my parents about how instead of learning speaking languages such as French, Spanish etc in school, We should learn Sign language. You never know when u might come across someone who is deaf. It’s a great skill to learn. Knowing French isn’t going to help me in life. Knowing Spanish isn’t going to help me in life. But sign language could help someone who is in trouble. 9:40 that’s why we should learn it more

    Olive QueenOlive Queen2 ditë më parë
  • Beautiful. Even though this is a film, it actually taught me a lot of vocabulary in sign language.

    Lou Xie XingLou Xie Xing2 ditë më parë
  • My eyes were teared up at the end. It is very emotional.

    William George DunbarWilliam George Dunbar2 ditë më parë
  • Eye opener movie for local people .We should accept sign language widely>Beautifully presented

    Bela PatelBela Patel2 ditë më parë
  • This is a magnificent and heart warming (and wrenching) film - compliments to all involved and the amazing two female leads - can see why you won and congratulations. Thank you for illuminating and touching me profoundly today - just beautiful, G

    Gr PlemGr Plem2 ditë më parë
  • Absolutely heartbreaking. How many children don't fullfill their abilities because parents are too "blind" to see and do what's best for the child, and not themselves. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wanted to hug that child and run away with her.

    darlene lipumadarlene lipuma2 ditë më parë
  • My best friend has a cousin who is deaf and both her and her sister along other family members have learned the basics of sing language so they communicate with him!

    Rosa FilippidiRosa Filippidi2 ditë më parë
  • As someone who is hearing impaired and wore a hearing aid, went to mainstream schooling and was never taught American Sign Language, I feel this film profoundly. It's quite common for doctors, schools, parents to all think it's best for deaf children to integrate into the hearing world and be "okay" with lip reading and learning to speak. They are not recognizing the need for our own culture and language to be integrated into our lives. We miss out on a whole world of our own culture when they caught that off from us. I am learning ASL now, as an adult and teaching my husband slowly. I hope one day to be fully fluent and somehow be apart of the deaf culture around me. I feel intimidated and worry I may not fit in, but I want this so badly. Also, if our children had lived and if any of them had been deaf, we would've never considered a cochlear implant. It just wouldn't have been an option we would've considered. Think more about your child's needs, rather than what you want for that child to be "normal".

    RosebudRosebud2 ditë më parë
  • I'm deaf and I can't hear any thing

    Meredith BaleMeredith Bale2 ditë më parë
  • I know sign language

    Meredith BaleMeredith Bale2 ditë më parë
  • It's so sad! Just because the mother was jealous... She is willing to sacrifice the best for her child. Really pathetic...

    Mari MartinMari Martin2 ditë më parë
  • my cousin does sign language she's not there but she taught me we just think it's a fascinating language although hearing is taking away God always replaces it with another gift sign language is that gift it's just beautiful I don't know if I could do it now or not

    Sandra BrownSandra Brown2 ditë më parë
  • În română nu se poate vedea?

    Floare Dragos-RomanFloare Dragos-Roman2 ditë më parë
  • This film is a jewel! Everything from the actors, the cinematography to the music, not to mention the storyline--an absolute beauty!

    emanda richardsemanda richards2 ditë më parë
  • Thought provoking and it makes you wish that somehow, her mother will realise that she is wrong. It would be good if there was a sequel, showing Libby thriving with the help of the teacher who was getting results and the mother listening to sense.

    Sandra MurraySandra Murray2 ditë më parë
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    Nham Quoc ThanhNham Quoc Thanh2 ditë më parë
    • @Sylvia G. Valentina There seems to be a recent trend of ppl posting comments consisting of nonsense words. I don't know if they think they're being clever, or they're doing it to annoy the rest of us...personally, I think it's pretty silly!

      Anne DwyerAnne DwyerDitë më parë
    • Sorry, English is not my first language, what are you saying?

      Sylvia G. ValentinaSylvia G. Valentina2 ditë më parë
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    Dorcas TurnerDorcas Turner2 ditë më parë
  • So sad... when she said "I love you", she must have felt not loved by some of the family.

    麟誌崙麟誌崙2 ditë më parë
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    Ad DeenenAd Deenen2 ditë më parë
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    Mohammed YaqubMohammed Yaqub3 ditë më parë
  • A good friend of mine is dead and I was surprised when he started texting me, it was a totally different person, I feel for deaf people (people with any infirmity) because I am a musician. I am moved by their perseverance and acceptance.

    casual crab warfarecasual crab warfare3 ditë më parë
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    Erum EllaErum Ella3 ditë më parë
  • Liby for uu ❤️😘

    Rimjhim KumariRimjhim Kumari3 ditë më parë
  • 😱 omg😔

    Deise FariasDeise Farias3 ditë më parë
  • the family is not consciously careless, but they approach their life with this lovely girl in a very wrong and sad way. They believe there's something wrong, incomplete and this is why the mother (and society) wants her to speak. They want all others to be the same, being complete (and perfect as the mother says) means, speaking and acting like all the others, so called able people. Isn't it amazing how little we have evolved? All the technology, knowledge and wisdom and we are not able (let alone willing) to accept that we are all different. I am wearing hearing aids otherwise the world is pretty silent for me and how grateful am I for this.

    Eva WilhelmEva Wilhelm3 ditë më parë
  • What a horrible mother!

    Amanda KuilanAmanda Kuilan3 ditë më parë
  • fk me man . its only 20min WHY where is the full Movie 😭

    Mohammed GhalebMohammed Ghaleb3 ditë më parë
  • Cute kid

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    Shericka GrantShericka Grant3 ditë më parë
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    Rocío olguinRocío olguin3 ditë më parë
  • Wow this really hurt my feelings. She was thriving with sign language and her parents didn’t care that it helped her. Sad to say that I’ve had kids in my school that didn’t understand English and were forced to sit for exams that they didn’t even understand. Nobody, not even the teacher would try to help them. Instead I could tell that they saw them as liabilities, as one extra step that they weren’t willing to take. I often wonder how many children are truly being overlooked in their homes and schools because they aren’t considered “normal.”

    naturalformenaturalforme3 ditë më parë
  • BSL compared to ASL in so darn hard to learn. Some of the signs in BSL don’t make sense to the word like 👊 👊 moving down dose not make me think of a 🪑.

    Charlie SheffieldCharlie Sheffield3 ditë më parë
  • The best short film I've ever seen

    태3 ditë më parë
  • ♥️🙏

    Elina HaagElina Haag3 ditë më parë
  • Her family doesn't bother with her. Except her brother. And everyday Jo comes over and looks after her like her mother!

    LUMINOUSLUMINOUS3 ditë më parë
  • This was heartbreaking.

    Farfar VillanuevaFarfar Villanueva3 ditë më parë
  • Amazing

    Darren ZaneDarren Zane3 ditë më parë
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    emily tayemily tay3 ditë më parë
  • Nice, story, love it

    sihol sihalohosihol sihaloho3 ditë më parë
  • Im deaf roo

    Elizabete RubuleElizabete Rubule3 ditë më parë
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    Jabu AraJabu Ara3 ditë më parë
  • Most adults wish they knew other languages. Let's start teaching ASL in preschool and kindergarten and maybe the kids can teach us adults a bit. Lovely film.

    landline51landline513 ditë më parë
  • when she signed "my ears are broken" my heart broke too :/

    JourneyJourney3 ditë më parë
  • If you didn't know : The girl is deaf in real life

    Pratishtha BajracharyaPratishtha Bajracharya4 ditë më parë