SENYAS: Deaf culture and life with Filipino Sign Language in Manila: Film and Discussion

Film - Documentary | January 20 | 2-4 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, Berkeley Disability Lab, Hearst Field Annex (HFA) Room D-1

 Soya Mori; Maria Tanya de Guzman

 UC Berkeley Disability Studies

UC Berkeley Disability Studies will be screening SENYAS, a documentary short film about deaf culture, life, and Filipino Sign Language. Filmed in Metro Manila, it follows the life of a Deaf woman. The film will be followed by short presentations and discussion between Prof. Soya Mori who is a Visiting Scholar at UCB and Ms. Maria Tanya de Guzman who is a Pinay Deaf leader in the Bay Area. Prof. Mori will give a short presentation on the legal and institutional facilities on women with disabilities in the Philippines and Ms. de Guzman will discuss the status of Deaf women in the Philippines from her viewpoint as founder of the Filipino Deaf Women’s Health and Crisis Center.

The film is in English and Tagalog with open captions and subtitles in English.

The discussion will be held in ASL with spoken English interpretation. Questions may be asked in either ASL or English.

HFA is the old Pacific Film Archive complex ( and is located next to Barrows Hall, off of Bancroft Way. Wheelchair users may wish to park in the Bancroft Parking Structure and take Optometry Lane down to South Hall Road; or park on Bancroft and take Barrow Lane up to Eshleman Road through Barrows Hall. HFA Room D-1 is located in the right rear of the HFA complex, through the courtyard.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products, especially perfumes. People wearing scents may be asked to leave. There is no audio description for the film but live audio description can be arranged by prior request. For other access questions, please contact Karen Nakamura (

This event is sponsored by the HIFIS Disability Studies Cluster., 510-292-0589