Inspirational Performance Artist Launches Deaf TV Show
Multi-award-winning deaf performance artist Vilma Jackson is launching a new talk show featuring a star selection of Deaf panelists.
I am black, deaf and a woman. Each of them on their own present barriers but together they place me in a small minority
Opportunities and representation have always been lacking in the film industry. While Vilma has built a career performing on screen and on stage, she is aware that the lack of opportunities and general attention towards the Deaf community, as well as the lack of representation of black members of the Deaf community. , require recognition, debate and action.
“ The Vilma Jackson Show ” is filmed in two episodes. The first will be released on March 11 and will highlight the talents of the hearing and deaf community, as well as the barriers to their progress in various industries.
The second will be released later in March and will address the broader debate on diversity, inclusion and equality to stress that these questions do not apply only to the world of hearing; they are deeply rooted in the deaf community and in every corner of our society.
Vilma said: “This project is incredibly personal to me and I am so proud to be able to share it with the world.”
“I am black, deaf and a woman. Each of these barriers present their own barriers, but together they put me in a small minority.
“When I was growing up, I was fascinated by television and the stars who played it. I was fascinated by Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin (who was not really deaf) but I never saw anyone like me; Black, deaf and a woman. Things are improving, but very slowly, and I want to highlight these issues for the hearing and deaf.
“It’s so important to me that people from all walks of life have role models in life and feel they can do whatever they want. In addition to promoting diversity among the guests on my show, I also employed a diverse production team.
“These jobs are not easy for people who are hard of hearing or deaf to get, and that needs to change.”
The development of ‘The Vilma Jackson Show’ was funded by the Arts Council England.
This is Vilma’s second commission from the Arts Council. His first was called ‘Triple Oppression’, which deals with Vilma’s struggles, aspirations and successes growing up as Black, Deaf and Female.
Like the Vilma Jackson Show, it was written and produced by Vilma herself and can be viewed here – Triple oppression.
Triple oppression was critically acclaimed and won four awards, including the Los Angeles Film Awards, New York Film Awards, FilmCon Awards, and the Festigious International Film Festival.
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