When nine-year-old Wiren meets the American Dr. Young a world of opportunities opens up for the deaf boy. Driven by his ambition to get ahead in life he leaves his family in rural Nickerie behind and winds up at the Kennedy boarding school in the capital Paramaribo. He struggles to comply to the strict, conservative Catholic methods at the school, but turns out to become the catalyst for the change that leads to the introduction of sign language. After being rejected by the university he realizes that deaf people do not enjoy the same rights and opportunities as hearing people. Witnessing the constant withhold of deaf people in Suriname leads Wiren to seek justice by suing the government to coerce them to adhere to the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities. Will he succeed?

 

Based on a true story.

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Wiren

118’

December 2019

Drama

Surinam

Dutch, English, Sign language

It Goes production, SUDOBE

Ivan Tai-Apin

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