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'The Tribe' director aims for realism in depicting troubled deaf world

'The Tribe' director aims for realism in depicting troubled deaf world

The Ukrainian film "The Tribe" is full of both the familiar and the unusual, as shocking for what it is as for what it is not. A film without spoken dialogue or subtitles that is also not a silent film. A teens-in-trouble movie set within a specific community rarely seen on-screen. A story that many will want to read as a political allegory, though its filmmaker says that was not the intention. The feature debut from writer-director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, the film is set around a boarding school for deaf children in which adult authority is all but absent. Instead, there is a strictly structured criminal regime that runs such enterprises as petty theft and sex trafficking. As a...

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