“A Woman Like Me” Captures A Totally Unique Meeting

An extraordinary concept delivered with grace, curiosity, and a respectful distance, “A Woman Like Me” is a short documentary like you’ve never seen before. When two deafblind women meet, the director assumes that there will be an instant connection between two women with the same rare condition — but soon finds such a reductive view is an oversimplification.

What results is an amazing look at similarities and differences, overlaps and spaces in between. The story unfolded in surprising — and layered — ways that caught even the team off guard.

“I was hired by the Danish Deafblind Association to document their work with the deafblind in Nepal. Dorte, the Danish deafblind lady, worked for them,” director Isabel Morales Bondy explained. It was a bizarre world to be immersed in; a world without words, where I could only communicate with Dorte through a set of interpreters. Dorte met Budhi on the second day of our trip, she’d been informed that a woman roughly her same age was losing her ability to communicate. It was the first time I saw Dorte directly communicate with another deafblind person. Observing this encounter, the intense ‘silence’ of it, so intimate yet inaccessible to me, made a big impression. The next day, Dorte told me she’d dreamt about Budhi. That was the moment I realised there was a story to be told.”

You can see the entire short film here:

A Woman Like Me from Isabel Morales Bondy on Vimeo.

 

“A Woman Like Me” has won a slew of awards and festival inclusions — for good reason. Like the best documentaries, it’s both a deep study and an objective observation that takes you in surprising directions.