Deaf Culture Inspires Award Winning Student Film

Miah Detjen’s first language isn’t English. It’s not Spanish, French, German or Arabic. Her first language is American Sign Language (ASL). Detjen, a junior film production major and English minor, grew up with a deaf father, learning to sign before she learned to speak. When Ray Rea, MSUM professor of film/video production, asked students to make a short personal documentary, Detjen knew exactly whom she wanted to depict.