KODA is one of the hottest Oscar-winning films for Best Picture. Short for “Child of Deaf Adults”, the film is about a deaf family with a hearing child who wants to sing.
Troy Kotzur, one of the film’s stars, used to teach acting at the Marlton School in Los Angeles for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. After an Oscar nomination, he returned to teach an improv class.
BBC Culture Editor Cathy Razall spoke with Troy and Best Adapted Screenplay nominated writer/director Sian Heder about the film’s impact on deaf culture.