Silent Movies is a video version of exercise 6 in ‘Swift to Hear’ by Michael Jacobs (1985, London: SPCK, pp 30-2). Eight episodes relate stories which express a range of feelings through non-verbal communication alone, testing students’ abilities to recognise non-verbal cues. The episodes re first played silent, head and shoulders only, and the again silent showing the body and hands, and finally with the sound, so students can find out if their interpretations were correct or not.
Personal Awareness and Response Training is suitable for use in basic skills training. Six people present the counsellor with a fairly strong emotional statement. Each scene is repeated. The first time through, viewers are asked to monitor what the speaker makes them feel. The DVD is then re-started and the scene is repeated. This time students are asked to write down what they might say in response.
This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes, medical procedures and language of the time it was made. But the issues raised may be timeless.
This programme can be rented on our Video on Demand system for £3.75. For this you can view as often as you like within a 48 hour period of your own choosing.