‘We Hear You’ Wins Best Film on Disability

Our hearing loss documentary We Hear You goes mainstream, with a win for Best Film on Disability in the June 2021 awards at the Cannes World Film Festival! As a monthly Winner, We Hear You is automatically entered in the Annual Competition for a chance to become a Grand Winner and be screened in Cannes during the festival’s annual Award Ceremony in 2022.

Thank you to Cannes World Film Festival for recognizing the importance of films about disability and for helping us raise awareness about hearing loss with mainstream audiences. We are thrilled to see our film recognized and are crossing our fingers for the next stage of the competition.

We Hear You Has Two Main Goals

My co-executive producers Roxana Rotundo and Holly Cohen and I developed We Hear You with two goals in mind:

  1. To bring the hearing loss community together
  2. To raise awareness about hearing loss in the mainstream

The film’s win in the festival brings us closer to the second of the two goals. Earlier this summer We Hear You was also named an Official Selection of the Montreal Independent Film Festival and The IndieFEST Film Awards.

We continue to seek opportunities to raise awareness about the hearing loss experience and are marketing the documentary to television stations and streaming services and entering it in international film festivals. The film and producers are also available for screenings and talkbacks at conferences on aging, disability, and hearing loss. Inquire at info@we-hearyou.com

What is We Hear You About?

When you have hearing loss, conversation is like a game of Wheel of Fortune. Some of the letters are blank. Others are filled in. People with hearing loss take these incomplete sounds and put them into words or phrases that make sense in the context of the conversation. It doesn’t always work, leaving us isolated and alone. The pandemic made this worse, as masks took away our superpower — lipreading. We struggle to fit into the hearing world, yet there is a silver lining — meeting one another. 

We Hear You features 4 women with hearing loss, each confronting stigmas, setbacks, and successes as they strive to live well despite the challenges of hearing loss.

Exclusive Screening for Hearing Loss Community

We Hear You was conceived, filmed and directed across two continents, all during the COVID-19 pandemic. By shining a light on the hearing loss experience, it strives to build awareness, community and a more inclusive world for all. An exclusive screening of We Hear You for the hearing loss community is being planned for September. Stay tuned for more details.

Readers, what would you tell mainstream audiences about your experiences living with hearing loss?

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18 thoughts on “‘We Hear You’ Wins Best Film on Disability

  1. Susan Berger – Blogging is one big experiment for me. Will it work? Who knows. I'll link websites that have published my essays and maybe I'll write original posts. My topics will be observations, points of view and life as I see it. I'm still marinating...
    Susan Berger says:

    Congrats!!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks Susan!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      We are planning a screening and talkback for September. Stay tuned for details.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks Corey!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you! It was a team effort.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks Audrey! We are excited to share it with the community.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you Iain!

  2. onewomanschoice – Author of One Woman's Choice I'm a single mom and a birth mom to two sons who are multiracial. I'm analytical, creative, spiritual, and New Age all rolled up into one. I have a passion for researching and volunteering.
    onewomanschoice says:

    Great accomplishment! Thanks for advocating!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you for your support.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      It took place already but the link to watch it is live through Oct 28. https://player

  3. Thank you! I just watched it and it’s great! I was born deaf 50+ years ago, wore hearing aids and then got bilateral CI about 6 years ago. So I can relate to a lot in the film although I’ve never been one to bother about trying to hide my hearing loss – perhaps there’s a gender element to that. We need more films like this to really get the message out there!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your feedback.

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