Project: The Cycle
A Black Deaf woman who is caught up in domestic violence and lost in translation. But should this be taken at face value?
She's lonely. In fact, abused and trapped in silence by her abuser. The trauma she experiences from the abuse means she is unable to live a normal life. Until one day she builds up the courage and grabs an opportunity. Police officers arrive at her house. Will she be heard? Will the police protect her? Or will she be another statistic? Things do not turn out the way she expected.
In this short film, the purpose is to raise awareness about abuse, especially in the Deaf community of Black and Asian descent. It is the duty of the police to protect anyone who reports a crime to them, but how can they provide support when communication is problematic?
It is impossible to even comprehend what it would be like for a Black Deaf woman to be abused and without the support, she needs to escape the abuser. Support could be lacking for a variety of reasons. Due to ethnicity, lack of support networks or inability to communicate with the police, or lack of awareness of minority communities, she is treated unfairly.
It is vital that all individuals, irrespective of their background or ethnicity, receive the same level of protection from the police as those who are more privileged. The veil of negative stereotypes must be removed to allow minority groups to be seen and treated equally.