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BEING MICHELLE follows the astounding journey of a deaf and disabled woman who survived incarceration under unimaginable circumstances by a system that refused to accommodate her needs as a deaf person with autism. Michelle’s trajectory changed when she met Kim Law, a blind volunteer life coach who teaches classes to people in prison. Today, outside of prison, Kim and Michelle are doing the difficult work of unraveling Michelle’s history, of telling the story of Michelle’s traumatic childhood and her adverse experiences in the criminal justice system. With the support of Kim, Michelle realizes her own voice and strength. Throughout the film Michelle’s artwork provides her own depiction of the trauma she survived as well as a means to her recovery.

Film Contact

Mae Thornton Mehra



  • Year
  • Runtime
    80 minutes
  • Language
    American Sign Language, English
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Indiana Premiere
  • Rating
    Mature Themes,Sexual Assault/Abuse
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  • Director
    Atin Mehra
  • Producer
    Mae Thornton Mehra, Atin Mehra
  • Executive Producer
    Rajiv & Priti Sanghvi, Doug Blush, Delbert Whetter
  • Cast
    Michelle Romaine Ricks, Kim Law, Bob Law