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Festival of Short Films and Theater Held in Reykjavík

The international theater and short film festival Draumar or ‘Dreams’ for the hearing impaired is being held for the third time in Iceland this week. The festival opened this past Monday and runs until Sunday, June 16.Margrét Pétursdóttir and Elsa Guðbjörg Björnsdóttir are both hearing impaired and have worked together for years in Draumasmiðjan or the DreamWorkShop, a deaf-theater group now organizing the event. A committee of four hearing impaired individuals is solely in charge of the organization.

tjarnarbio_psTjarnarbíó theater. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The festival first opened in 2006, and was held again in 2009. It started out as a theater festival but now short films have been added to the event. “There is a number of quality short films for the hearing impaired. The films we show come from various countries such as Germany, England and Spain. A total of ten short films will be shown in two evening sessions in the Tjarnarbíó theater in the center of Reykjavík,” Margrét told the Morgunblaðið today.

Four theatrical performances will be shown during the festival. The first performance was last Monday evening and for the remains of the week, one show a day will be performed in the theater until Friday. A discussion session in Tjarnarbíó will then be held over the weekend where the topic is the interpretation of sign language in theater. The final event on Sunday is the premier of a new and international theater performance by the nations in the North Atlantic region. It starts at 8 pm and entrance is free of charge.

The festival highlights the problems faced by the hearing impaired community in Iceland. In an interview on Monday evening on the evening news of national broadcaster RÚV, organizers mentioned the particular lack of sign language interpreters interpreting languages other than Icelandic.


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