13th International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2020

The Talking Hands

Mathaduva Kaigalu (Kannada)

India | 98 min | Drama | 2019 | Feature Film (Live Action) | Kannada

Chandri is a hearing and speech impaired girl who keeps her hope alive to go to school and wants to feel equal to her hearing brother. School refuses her for admission, Bassakka ignores Chandri, keeps deafness in secret from relatives and encourages her son, sends him to school with care and love. It discourages Chandri and makes her feel alone. When Akshatha an Indian Sign Language Interpreter enters into her life a miracle happens. Bassakka feels that sign language is the social stigma, more than the deafness.


চন্দ্রী শ্রবণ এবং বাক-প্রতিবন্ধী মেয়ে যে স্কুলে যাওয়ার আশা বাঁচিয়ে রেখেছে এবং তার শুনতে পারা ভাইয়ের সমান বোধ করতে চায়। স্কুল তাকে ভর্তির জন্য প্রত্যাখ্যান করেছিল, বাসাক্কা চন্দ্রিকে উপেক্ষা করে, আত্মীয়দের কাছ থেকে তাকে দূরে রাখে এবং তার ছেলেকে উত্সাহিত করে, যত্ন এবং আনন্দের সাথে তাকে স্কুলে পাঠায়। এটি চন্দ্রিকে নিরুৎসাহিত করে এবং সে একা অনুভব করে। অক্ষিতা, একজন ভারতীয় সাইন ল্যাঙ্গুয়েজ ইন্টারপ্রেটার যখন তার জীবনে প্রবেশ করে তখন একটি চমৎকার ঘটে। বসাক্কা মনে করেন যে বধিরতার চেয়ে সাইন ভাষা নিয়ে রয়েছে আরো বেশি সামাজিক কুসংস্কার।

Original Language

Directors Note or Statement on the Film Our country’s population of hearing and speech-disabled remains invisible at schools as most of them even fail to complete school. Parents have developed their own signs, they do not interact with their children, they say you cannot hear, you just keep quit. Some of their parents are lazy and ignore their deaf children, this is maybe due to illiteracy or the family don’t have any education about deafness. I approached various Deaf schools in Bangalore, met Teachers, Interpreters & interacted with students & parents to understand the difficulties they face at home, in their surroundings, then started scripting for this film.

Mr. Hemantha Kumar K

Hemantha Kumar K studied MBA, then worked in various companies till 2015. Concerns about social issues, child labour & child education lead his passion to make films. He directed his debut feature film on child labour in 2015, named '3 ½- 'A life of an innocent child,' which travelled around various film festivals.

Filmography: 2016:- Bhale Chai Boy ( A great tea boy ) Kolkata International Film Festival 2017 Bangladesh International Children Film Festival 2017 CMS International Children Film Festival 2017 National Children Film Festival 2017 Delhi International Film Festival 2017 Noida International Film Festival 2018 Kolkata International Children Film Festival 2018 2017:- Padayatre (A journey by foot) in 2017 (White & Black) Delhi International Film Festival 2017 NFDC Viewing Room 2016 Gandhi Panorama 2018

Screening Schedule

  • 27 Jan
    02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Alliance Francaise de Dhaka

    Road 3, Dhanmondi

Credits and Casts

Hemantha Kumar K
Hemantha Kumar K
Hemantha Kumar K
Pavithra Shivaram
Hemantha Kumar K
Hemantha Kumar K
Leading Casts
Yashashwini (Child Artist) Jayanth Gowda (Child Artist) Manjula Divya Ravi

Exhibition & Award History

It is the first submission to an International film festival.