A Discussion on Language Revitalization – 2021 Mother Tongue Film Festival

Mother Tongue Film Festival

Language reclamation, pressures on language from current and historical dislocation and forced relocations, and filmmaking for educational purposes are some of the through lines that will be explored in our education roundtable, April 2. Smithsonian curator Mary Linn will moderate the live discussion with Ruben Reyes, director of “Garifuna in Peril”; Ni Nyoman Clara Listya Dewi, director of “Luh Ayu Manik Mas”; and Kari Chew (Chickasaw), the project lead for “Growing the Fire Within.”


The Mother Tongue Film Festival is presented by Recovering Voices, a collaboration among the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Additional Smithsonian partners include the Asian Pacific American Center and the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery—the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

This program received support from Bicentenario Perú 2021, Columbia School of the Arts, Documentary Educational Resources, Embassy of Canada to the United States, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, Taiwan Academy, Taiwan Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of New Zealand, The Elizabeth and Whitney MacMillan Endowment, Wick and Bonnie Moorman, and more.


Mother Tongue Film Festival. (2021, April 2). A discussion on language revitalization.