This short film from legendary producer, actor and disability rights activist, Marlee Matlin depicts a color blind friendship between a possibly homeless black teen and a deaf/blind white man over the course of one night in the big city.
In a mere fifteen minutes, director Doug Roland creates tension and empathy through the exchange of two lovable yet lost characters. He captures the universal feel good message that seeing and hearing are not from the eyes and ears, but instead from the heart. This theme won’t blindside anyone as we’ve seen it before, but it will open the audience’s hearts to listen and possibly be a bit more kind to others that are different from you.
It’s long overdue and this surprisingly marks the first time that a film has a blind and deaf actor in a leading role and Robert Tarango doesn’t disappoint. His warm smile and kind eyes will instantly melt your heart.
FEELING THROUGH is available on the film’s website and should win the Oscar for Best Short Film this award season.