If your language is lost, what will you say?
Languages Lost and Found: Speaking and Whistling the Mamma Tongue is a short film celebrating diverse linguistic and cultural practices from around the world. In footage spanning five continents–from rainforest longhouses in Borneo to dramatic mountaintops in the Canary Islands–dynamic visions of art, music, and dance are woven into a vivid, global mosaic. The way we think, speak, and express our ideas is a reflection of our language. This film reminds us of how quickly some languages are disappearing while introducing the native tongue as an all-important vehicle for maintaining culture, sharing traditional wisdom, and envisioning the future.
LANGUAGES LOST AND FOUND:
SPEAKING & WHISTLING THE MAMMA TONGUE
WRITTEN, PRODUCED, AND DIRECTED BY
IRIS BROOKS AND JON H. DAVIS
NARRATED BY WILLIAM HURT
FEATURING MUSIC BY JOHN McDOWELL & MAMMA TONGUE
A NORTHERN LIGHTS STUDIO PRODUCTION © 2011
THIS FILM IS DISTRIBUTED BY FILMAKERS LIBRARY.
FILM SCREENING AT THE UNITED NATIONS NYC
FEBRUARY 21, 2012
WITH OPENING REMARKS BY MR. PHILIPPE KRIDELKA,
DIRECTOR UNESCO, NEW YORK
FILM SCREENING AT THE RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011
17th Street and 7th Ave. in New York City