Endangered Languages Week 2008
Eight films about endangered languages
Room 4421, Tuesday 24 February, 10am - 3pm
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Fragments of the Owl's Egg
A film directed by Kim McKenzie
This film tells several stories: how Nadjamerrek, a celebrated Australian Aboriginal artist, is directing a fire management project from his home at Kabulwarnamyo; how rock art surrounds him at every turn; and how he quests far and wide to find a lost art site he remembers from his youth. The story is told in Lofty's beautiful, endangered language, Kundedjnjenghmi; it is narrated by linguist Murray Garde and their words mingle with the splendour of the Arnhem plateau, its rocks, streams and paperbarks, its cave walls and overhangs filled with ancient art.
This Would be our Word - Esta Seria Nuestra Palabra
A beautifully produced film from
Taiwan; a story about the Tayal people and their mission
for restoration of their land.
The Importance of Being Mlabri
A film directed by Janus Billeskov Jansen & Signe Byrge Sørensen
For centuries the Mlabri have lived as hunters and gatherers in the jungles of northern Thailand, but the forest is disappearing and now modern society is closing in on them. So far they have managed to keep their identity and unique language alive, but at present they number only 300 people.
We meet them at a decisive moment in Mlabri history, when the first youngsters are getting ready to leave the community. This film, made by Danish film-makers Signe Byrge Sørensen and Janus Jansen is mainly in the Mlabri language with English subtitles.
A unique British language, Guernesias,
the language of the Guernsey Islands.
Local characters tell
remarkable stories in their language, which
has begun revitalisation.
In Languages We Live
Director Janus Billeskov Jansen
A documentary about the world's linguistic diversity. Through a number of personal stories the film asks: What is the significance of this loss to those who speak these languages aw well for the rest of us?
The film examines language as a social, political and cultural field, the basis of our relationships with other people. Why do some languages become world languages, while others are in the process of dying out? How are our language and identity connected? What does it feel like to be the last person to speak a language? How do you document a language? How does language develop? How does one translate linguistic and cultural meaning from one language to another?
Talking Without Words - in the Old West
A film about non-verbal
communication used by tribes of Montana in the days before telephones and email.
Have you ever wondered how the ancestors of Montana's tribes passed down their
history from one generation to the next? And how did they communicate with
other tribes when they didn't know each other's languages?
Language of Land - Kun-Wok Kun-Bolkken
A film by Kim McKenzie
A film documenting the Language of Land conference held at Kabulwarnamyo Outstation, Arnhem Land.
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