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Tobias lives in two worlds: one in need, the other as a fish in water.
A visit to the dentist is still quite a chore in communication, but when he strolls the grounds of Gallaudet University — the only deaf university in the world — he exudes confidence and vitality. His lust for life is infectious and he has no self-pity and expects no sympathy from anyone.
Deaf Child is about a family who in the face of adversity retain a deep respect for each other and care for each other’s well-being. Father, son and brother display a bond that is touching.
As a father, director Alex de Ronde examines his choices in raising a deaf child. Is Tobias’ world too limited? Should he have tried cochlear implants with which Tobias might have partial hearing? Has he overburdened Joachim too much with his brother’s handicap? And ultimately, was he a good father?