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The Real Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was world famous as the little deaf blind girl, the ‘miracle’ child who triumphed over adversity, an image later enshrined by Hollywood in the film The Miracle Worker.

But behind the image was a flesh-and-blood woman, writer and radical activist, suffragette and Socialist, under surveillance by the FBI and in constant struggle against the contradictions of her public image. She was a woman who lived to old age, yet is fixed in the public imagination as an eternal child.

This documentary-biography examines the creation of Keller’s popular image and enduring iconic status and reveals the woman behind the myth.

The Real Helen Keller is produced in spoken English and British Sign Language.

Watch the film here.

Download script

Distribution enquiries: to Redweather Productions
Tel: (0117) 941 5854
Fax: (0117) 941 5851
Email: [email protected] 

Making Film Accessible

To cite this page: Crow, Liz (2005) Making Film Accessible, Roaring Girl Productions [online] [Available at:] [Accessed 24/06/2024]