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About The Film

In the American Midwest, three hearing teenagers come of age in the vibrant, loud Deaf community. In search of a home between two disparate worlds, the young women explore their unique identity as CODA — Children of Deaf Adults.

Home video footage shows Nyla as a happy, healthy baby, laughing and learning to say “mama.” But at the age of 15, she struggles to fit in among her school peers and at home being surrounded by her loving family.

Jessica thinks she will spend more time in the future, in the hearing world as part of her growing process. So she is afraid of losing the world of Deaf, and the sign language that is part of her identity.

Mackenzie feels trapped in the cycle of a “double life” and Ashley carries the burden of an often mistreated community on her shoulders.