She is a 23-year-old student who loves music and is just moving out from home. She is deaf, but not mute. Louisa fights for a self-determined life with panache and in sign language. Louisa teaches us that hearing is much more than just the acoustic perception of sounds and language. She is 23 when tests show a total failure of her hearing organs. For her this is not a disaster but rather an occasion to take a decision. Modern medicine could restore her hearing by means of an operation. But Louisa is averse to what is celebrated as progress. Does she want this operation with all its risks? Wouldn’t it be just another act of assimilation? Filmmaker Katharina Pethke makes us experience the wealth of our sensual perceptions. You can experience music physically in the vibration of space, understand by reading lips and talk by using sign language. Images and sounds are uncoupled in a way that is neither artificially nor obtrusively coy. Silence reigns where it’s too loud and sounds that are usually drowned in noise are uncovered. After all, Louisa’s deafness doesn’t mean that she is mute, on the contrary: the young woman with the wild hair is an extremely talkative and moreover stubborn person. A person who communicates differently to the majority also thinks outside of conventions. Louisa’s wilful insistence that it’s not her that must change but the world is impressive. A clever idea in view of the state of our planet.
Cornelia Klauß/ DOK Leipzig
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