FILMMAKERS are set to present three films showcasing the heritage of the Scottish deaf community.

Produced by Solar Bear and Filmhouse, Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage - set to be screened on September 25 at 2pm - will look to “open the door” to Scotland’s deaf heritage and follows events in Glasgow, Kilmarnock and Inverness. 

The exhibition will feature Scott Campbell’s Deaf Kilmarnock, Their Story which explores the memories and experiences of members of the Ayrshire Society for the Deaf as their club faces an uncertain future.

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It will also include Ruaridh Lever-Hogg’s documentary Deaf Creatives and the DeafFest 2022 shortlisted film Scotland, Forgive Me by Will Clark.

Deaf Creatives journeys through Scotland’s landscape from the perspective of deaf artists. Narrated by Lever-Hogg, the film examines historical figures through discussions with contemporary creatives who discuss their struggles and passions.

Meanwhile, Scotland, Forgive Me is described as a poetic meditation on belonging and connection with one’s country.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A between the audience and the directors themselves in the Filmhouse cafe - which will be translated into BSL and English. 

The event is part of the wider Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage programme which was launched in 2020 and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To mark the end of the tour, the screening will take place as the Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage website is launched.

The programme will come to an end next year, with its conclusion scheduled to coincide with the delivery of the aims of the Scottish Government’s first BSL National Plan.

Jonathan Lloyd, creative director and CEO at Solar Bear, said: “Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage is a celebration of stories from the past, present and future of Scotland’s deaf community. These stories create an important legacy, and deserve a wider audience.”

The event is free but ticketed. To book click here.