Judy Lieff's documentary Deaf Jam explores the high-energy world of slam poetry, as performed by New York area teens who happen to be deaf. Among the kids featured is Aneta Brodski, a deaf Israeli immigrant who first expresses herself through American Sign Language poetry, and then jumps into the competitive, hip-hop inspired, slam poetry scene. Aneta comes to collaborate with Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slammer, and the two create a verbal-visual duet that combines the spoken word with the choreographed dance of Aneta's rhythmic language. Out of respect for the poets, their poems are not spoken by a narrator, but rather translated through animated text to better represent the unique visual nuances of ASL. Deaf Jam screens at 7 p.m. in the Missouri History Museum's Lee Auditorium (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Admission is free and a "special performance" is promised after the film.
Thu., Oct. 13, 2011