"The Silent child", a British sign-languaged short film written by and starring Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton and winner of Live Action Short Film category at the 90th Academy Awards will compete in 48th Roshd International Film Festival.
According to the secretariat of the festival, the story is about Libby , a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl.
She does not have the ability to communicate with others, but she must be prepared to go to school; her parents ask for a social worker. The emotional connection between the young worker and Libby is formed and, by learning British sign-language, she breaks her silence and lonely world.
The film was based on Shenton's own experiences as the child of a parent who became deaf. The film features profoundly deaf six-year-old first-time actor Maisie Sly as the titular child.
"The Silent Child" ,a 20 minute 2017 short film is a U.K. production.
"The Silent Child" won numerous awards such as best short film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, best Short Drama and the best actress under 18 at Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, best acress at London Independent Film Awards, York Youth Award and People’s Choice Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival.