A Man Without Words

Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 8 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
Film Block: People Portraits
Genre: Documentary Short


Ildefonso grew up without any language. Born deaf to hearing parents who never exposed him to signing, he had no shared language and had no idea what language was. Adapted from Susan Schaller’s non-fiction account of introducing Ildefonso to language, the short film A Man Without Words tells the story of his journey to language by bringing Ildefonso and Susan back to the classroom where they met, where he learned that he and everything has a name, and she learned what it is to be human.

Directed by Zack Godshall; Baton Rouge, LA

22 min