The Tuba ThievesAlison O'Daniel

When tubas get stolen from a Los Angeles high school for the deaf, many questions remain unanswered. A surprising, joyful and very creative documentary by deaf filmmaker Alison O'Daniel, teaching you to look - not listen - to sound differently.

The mystery of the stolen tubas is not the core of the film, but it provides visual artist Alison O'Daniel with an ideal entry point to reflect on what it means (not) to hear. The film explores the myriad ways sound and image intersect and how our senses influence our experience of the world and of others. A film that takes nothing away in terms of sensory experience, but rather enriches your senses, making you hear and see in new ways.

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International selection

After a rigorous selection process, DOCVILLE nominated ten brand new auteur documentaries that represent what the festival stands for: excellently made documentaries that are not only strong in terms of content, but also have an eye for the visual aspect and therefore deserve a place on the big screen.  The best film will be awarded the Canvas Jury Prize and may start dreaming of an Oscar, because the winner of this competition will be longlisted for the Academy Awards.

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Directed by Alison O'Daniel
2023 94 min.
American sign language, English
Subtitles: English


International selection


Alison O'Daniel


Su Kim, Maya Rudolph

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