Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (left) and Emilia Jones in a scene from CODA, a heart-warming coming-of-age drama about a teenager growing up in a deaf family. Photo: AP
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (left) and Emilia Jones in a scene from CODA, a heart-warming coming-of-age drama about a teenager growing up in a deaf family. Photo: AP

Why Sundance hit CODA about growing up in a deaf family could be this year’s biggest crowd-pleaser – and a turning point for the entertainment industry

  • CODA, which stands for ‘child of deaf adults’, stars deaf actress Marlee Matlin and British actress Emilia Jones in a coming-of-age story with a difference
  • Matlin, the only deaf actor to win an Oscar – for Children of a Lesser God – hopes the film will be a watershed moment for the deaf community and Hollywood

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (left) and Emilia Jones in a scene from CODA, a heart-warming coming-of-age drama about a teenager growing up in a deaf family. Photo: AP
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (left) and Emilia Jones in a scene from CODA, a heart-warming coming-of-age drama about a teenager growing up in a deaf family. Photo: AP
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