Drama | American Sign Language, English, with subtitles| 111 minutes


In Gloucester, Massachusetts, Ruby Rossi is the only hearing member of her family. Her parents, Frank and Jackie and brother Leo are all deaf. The family operates a fishing vessel and Ruby helps with the work before school but also serves as interpreter. At Gloucester High School, Ruby joins the chorus and comes under the influence of  chorus master, Bernardo Villalobos (Mr. V). He feels Ruby is talented and pushes her to audition for the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Frank’s fishing vessel is stopped by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard officer  informs Frank he must always have a person with hearing on board.  Meanwhile, Ruby is accepted to Berklee. At the same time she’s needed to be the interpreter on the fishing vessel. This is the excruciating decision Ruby  must confront being the only hearing member of the family.

Emilia Jones (Ruby Rossi) / Marlee Matlin (Jackie Rossi) / Troy Kotsur (Frank Rossi) / Daniel Durant (Leo Rossi) / Eugenio Derbez (Mr. V)
Why Stream This Film?
It’s noteworthy deaf viewers were equally moved by CODA (it stands for “A Child of Deaf Adults”). Delbert Whetter, an activist for the deaf, wrote: “After seeing so many stories where people with hearing disabilities are depicted as helpless, forlorn souls needing to be rescued, it is so refreshing to see a story with deaf characters that are small business owners and leaders in their fishing community, with depth and nuance that rival and even exceed that of their hearing counterparts in the story.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 96%
  • Metacritic Score: 75
  • Sundance Film Festival: Winner, U.S. Jury Grand Prize; Winner, Best Director (Sian Heder)

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Here’s the movie that restores the good name of crowd-pleaser. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and all steps in between at the funny, touching, and vital CODA. Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin and newcomer Emilia Jones turn this emotional powerhouse into one of the year’s best.
Peter Travers

Good Morning America

What is surprising is the moving, even heartbreaking way writer-director Heder tells Ruby’s story without resorting to clichéd characterizations or syrupy sentimentality.
John Anderson,

The Wall Street Journal

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