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Silent World

By Alex Saveliev | February 2, 2022

SLAMDANCE 2022 FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! The COVID-19 pandemic takes the form of deadly clouds in Charlie Dennis’ 10-minute incisive, sharp character study Silent World. A prominent production assistant, he demonstrates that he’s learned a thing or two on the multiple sets of big-budget Hollywood extravaganzas. Good thing he cherishes subtlety over bombast.

As panic reaches its apex around him, Deaf London rapper SignKid resorts to his skill to survive. His verses muffled by a gas mask, the young man raps on the street, oblivious to folks yelling at him or running in terror. A little empathy goes a long way, and maybe he meets a kindred soul in Dayo (Sophia Roberts). Perhaps she’s his salvation, or perhaps not.

“…SignKid resorts to his skill to survive.”

SignKid plays himself: a Deaf rapper and producer who frequently performs live. He’s a charismatic lead and a rather remarkable performer. He dreams of loud music, vibrant color, and being heard. Silent World deftly demonstrates what it must be like for Deaf people – especially people of color – to function in our cacophonous world, its point intensified via the prism of an all-too-real pandemic.

Silent World functions brilliantly as a succinct and impressive showcase for Charlie Dennis. I look forward to more from the gifted filmmaker. Right after I’m done jammin’ to some SignKid beats, that is.

Silent World screened at the 2022 Slamdance Film Festival.

Silent World (2022)

Directed and Written: Charlie Dennis

Starring: SignKid, Sophia Roberts, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…a succinct and impressive showcase for Charlie Dennis."

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