Made history as “CODA” The first film to win the top three American Drama Awards At the Sundance Film Festival and Record a record distribution deal at the festival When it premiered in January. This summer, audiences will finally have a chance to see all the hype: Saiyan Heder’s drama about a teenage girl who is also the only audiobook member of the deaf family heading to theaters and Apple TV + August 13. Variety confirmed the news.
Written by Heder, “CODA” is about 17-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones), torn between the pursuit of her passion for music, her sense of commitment to her family and their hunting business.
In addition to the Special Jury Prize for Team Representatives, “CODA” won the US Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and the Audience Award: US Dramatic out of Sundance. Heder – Director Award: US Dramatic.
An honorable duty She was “mesmerized by the stress of a teenage girl trying to find her own identity as it spans the hearing and deaf world.” The writer and director explained: “As someone who comes from a family who is very loving and fun but also without limits, the search for your identity when you separate from your parents has been a topic that really resonates. It was a story that I felt was universal but also culturally specific. CODA – Children of Deaf Adults – and the Deaf Community, It is becoming more and more important for me to represent the deaf family and deaf culture in a way that is not often seen in movies. “
When asked what she would like the audience to think after watching the movie, Haider replied, “I think a lot of people who hear don’t have any experience with deaf culture. People who watch the movie describe to me the powerful experience of watching scenes in American Sign Language, or ASL, and how Any discomfort from this experience fades as they invest in the characters, their struggles, and their victories.While I hope people will see the story as universal and interconnected, I also hope they leave the film with a new awareness and appreciation of ASL and deaf culture.
Among Heder TV’s credits are “Little America”, “GLOW” and “Orange Is the New Black”. She made her debut in the Elliot Page Starrer movie “Tallulah”.