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For Lara’s two deaf parents, their young daughter is the crucial connection to the world of the hearing. But when her aunt gives her a clarinet, Lara’s enthusiasm for music reignites her father’s old resentments, toward both his sister and an art he will never experience. The first feature from Nowhere in Africa director Caroline Link, Beyond Silence is full of wonderful moments and surprising insights: The frightened Lara has to explain in sign language that thunder is loud before she crawls into her parents’ bed, and later she assaults her infant sister with a clarinet blast to prove to herself that the baby can hear. Things become more predictable and sentimental in the film’s second half, after Lara grows into adolescence. Apparently, parent-teenager animosity is the same everywhere, even if it’s soundless. Still, much of the 1996 film reveals a world you probably haven’t seen—or heard—before. The film screens at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes’ Goethe-Forum, 812 7th St. NW. $5. (202) 289-1200 (Mark Jenkins)