Sign Gene: The First Deaf Superheroes by Emilio Insolera is the world's first film about deaf superheroes and is replete with coded references to a history and culture that most hearing people know nothing about.
The film includes breathless, sign-language-fueled fight scenes that draw from martial arts flicks, alongside a gritty futurism that brings to mind sci-fi classics like Blade Runner. Insolera made Sign Gene on a mere $25,000, and the slender budget sometimes shows. https://psmag.com/social-justice/sign-language-is-a-superpower
The Los Angeles Times praised the film’s sound design and said it energetically blended elements of “X-Men,” “The Da Vinci Code” and the James Bond films. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-capsule-sign-gene-review-20180412-story.html
Other critics enjoyed the incorporation of deaf figures from history as much as the sci-fi element. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2018/11/13/films/deaf-filmmaker-emilio-insolera-flexes-superpowers-sign-gene/#.XWvWCi2B3RY