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Thanks so much for all of your help on this fascinating and important topic.
Here are a few ideas:
Martin Norden's Cinema of Isolation discusses Children of a Lesser God, and the divided reaction to it by deaf audiences.
The documentary, Through Deaf Eyes, has a segment with several deaf people commenting on the film. The New York Times review when the film came out noted criticisms of it by deaf people. The play by Mark Medoff is a much better representation of deaf culture at the time than the film. Your student might look at what was changed or left out in the film.