Five Core Media, a video production firm in Goshen, Ind., has produced an American Sign Language (ASL) version of Who Are the Mennonites?, a DVD/video originally produced by a predecessor agency of MennoMedia. The production company worked with a translation team organized by Sheila S. Yoder, long-time deaf ministries advocate. Providing a visual translation for a medium that was originally produced using both audio and visual was a challenge. “As a team, we decided to keep the basic structure of the original piece,” Yoder says. “So we have translators signing on screen, and then we switch to visual segments of the original video, some of which had to be edited or shortened because of the length this technique adds to the production.” The ASL-translated video is currently online and available free at www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/2273. Yoder obtained two grants for the project from the Schowalter Foundation, Newton, Kan., and Anabaptist Deaf Ministries. MennoMedia also provided production consultation to Yoder for the project, in addition to providing access to the original DVD released in 2010.
--Posted April 9, 2014