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Yana Novikova is a 21-year-old Ukranian actress who was born deaf. She is one of the leads in “The Tribe,” a near-silent film starring a cast of deaf actors who communicate only through sign and body language. There are no subtitles.

Helping her communicate during a visit to Tokyo are two translators: one interpreting her Ukrainian sign language into the official international sign language and another to translate these signs into spoken Japanese.

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