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Immersion, a film about Endangered Languages

13 2009

One of the very positive aspects of writing a blog is that once in a while, one of your readers contacts you to share a web page or a video that he/she thinks I will enjoy.

Recently, Lou did exactly this and pointed me to a video I found so interesting, both artistically andĀ content wise that I’d like to share it as well. A great many thanks to Lou for sharing this !

In the video, a short film written by Reina Yaidoo called Immersion, Lema impersonates an endangered language and explores its ambiguous feelings towards a dominant language, its doubts about its fate, its constant questioning … It is the kind of film that is so rich you can watch it several times and figure something new with each view.

This film makes you think and raises your awareness about endangered languages, indigenous languages that parents cease to teach their children for economic reasons, in favour of dominant languages such as English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian.

Here is the film Immersion, directed by Robyn Woolston, written by Reina Yaidoo and produced by Lynn Harwood :

Make sure you check Reina Yaidoo’s webpage for the film Immersion as you will find more information on how the film came about and of course, on the subject of endangered languages.

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  1. Acilius on the 14th of October 2009 @ 01:31

    What an interesting approach to a vital topic! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Armelle Europe on the 14th of October 2009 @ 22:18

    Acilius : I suspected you would enjoy this film too. Glad to find out that it’s the case.

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