English article: Deaf director records the deaf's stories

January 14, 2012

Deaf director IMAMURA Ayako's filmography boasts movies about the lives of deaf people. She recently shot a documentary titled "Coffee and Pencil," whose main character is a deaf man who runs a surf shop.

He offers customers coffee with a smile, and starts communicating with them using gestures and writing. "Did you surf today?" he writes. The customers, puzzled at first, are soon drawn into a conversation with him.

The movie became the talk of Aichi Prefecture, her filming home base, and other areas. In March, the movie will be screened at a theater in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.

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