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Martha
A Film by Peter Entell
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film stillMartha Suter was born blind and deaf due to an illness her mother suffered during pregnancy. Now, at 37, she has yet to hear a sound or to see an image.

This film accompanies Martha as she performs her daily routines. She helps prepare meals, eats, goes to counseling sessions, and sleeps. She also visits Dorothee Goldschmid, her first therapist and the woman largely responsible for teaching Martha how to communicate with a world she will never speak to or see.

Says filmmaker Peter Entell: "It seemed such a paradox to me as a filmmaker, using the images and sound upon which my craft is based, to make a portrait of someone who has grown up in complete darkness and silence. Yet slowly, as Martha and the film began to discover each other, I realized how much I recognized myself in her, and how the life of this deaf and blind woman gave unexpected insight into the nature of human beings."

A fascinating portrait of a remarkable person.

53 minutes / Color
Release: 1995
Copyright: 1994

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