by Dariusz Kowalski
A 2016, 86 min.

Director: Dariusz Kowalski
Cinematography: Martin Putz
Sound: Atanas Tcholakov, David Almeida Ribeiro, Stefan Rosensprung, Tong Zhang, Klaus Kellermann
Editing: Dieter Pichler
Producers: Oliver Neumann, Sabine Moser

Emil Hager, Caroline Hager, Barbara Hager, Alexander Karla-Hager
Helene Jarmer
Ayse Kocak
Barbara Schuster

With kind support by: Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund, FISA – Filmstandort Austria,
ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen

Autrian Distributor: Filmladen
Worldsales: Taskovski

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Dok Leipzig 2016
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2017
DOK.fest Munich 2017
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2017
17th International Film Festival Watch Docs 2017
EU Human Rights Film Days Turkey 2017
Festival International Jean Rouch 2017 – Special Mention
Festival de Cine de Madrid 2017 – Audience Award
17. International Human Rights Film Festival Buenos Aires 2017
Bosifest Belgrade 2017
Douarnenez Film Festival 2017
Bergen IFF 2017


The protagonists of SEEING VOICES may not be able to hear, but that definitely does not leave them without words. Sign language represents a parallel universe full of magic and expressive power which remains unexplored country for the vast majority of people. Ayse, Helene and the non-hearing members of the Hager family don’t lament their inability to hear music or birds singing: after all, these are sounds they have never experienced. But they are denied the right to their mother tongue. They employ different techniques to master their lives, walking the line between the hearing of the world – and refusing to be silent.


Born 1971 in Krakow (Poland). Lives and works in Vienna and Linz.
Study of New Media Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna; Prof. Fürstner/ Weibel.
2012 – Toward Nowa Huta – Documentary

2008 – Optical Vacuum – Experimental Documentary

2005 – Elements – Experimental Film

2005 – Luukkaankangas-updated,revisited – Experimental Film

2004 – Ortem – Experimental Film

2000 – Unterwerk – Experimental Film


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