The Tribe

Drama | Ukrainian Sign Language | 130 minutes | Silent Film


Teenager Sergei arrives at a boarding school for the deaf. The school is drab and dreary. The students are greedy,  brutal, and crime is rampant. Schoolmates hang out at train stations stealing the belongings in unattended suitcases. Others steal liquor and groceries from the locals walking at night. After successfully enduring the hazing process, Sergei is inducted as a member of the tribe. He becomes a pimp to two of the girls from the school. When Sergei falls for Anya, one of the girls, the ending becomes tragic. 

Grigoriy Fesenko (Sergei) / Yana Novikova (Anya) / And mostly deaf non-professionals
Why Stream This Film?
The Tribe is a film with no dialogue or subtitles but each scene is mesmerizing with a devastating ending.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
  • Metacritic Score: 78
  • 75th Venice Film Festival, Winner, Golden Lion
  • Ten Academy Award Nominations. Winner: Best Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Cinematographer (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York
  • Best Film of 2018: Time Magazine and The New York Film Critics Circle
THE TRIBE is bold and fearless in form and execution. Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s brutal film is far from silent and much more than the calculated exercise it seems to be. It’s got a story every bit as bold and fearless as its approach – the kind of primal story that’s beyond the ken of language.
Barbara VanDenburgh

The Arizona Republic

Written and directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, THE TRIBE is something of a formal tour de force, a triumphant overcoming of self-imposed cinematic challenges.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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