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After two years of online programming, the Mother Tongue Film Festival is Coming Home.
We reached out to directors of several 2022 Mother Tongue Film Festival selections to ask their thoughts about how film connects us to the past.
Storytelling, Traditional Knowledge
The term “legacy” rings differently in the consciousness of each individual—and has different meanings in a range of cultural traditions and mother tongues.
Language, Traditional Knowledge
When we take the time to listen to the ancestral legacies of those around us, we open our hearts and minds to the knowledge that exist in the act of sharing stories.
Cultural Sustainability, Language
For six years now, the festival has advocated for the preservation and celebration of language and takes concrete action in this quest of advocacy.
Storytelling provides the vital opportunity to understand elements of our history we most deeply resonate with.
Nos curamos cuando nos entendemos a nosotros mismos, y entendemos nuestras historias, y nuestra lengua.
Fortalecer las distintas identidades indígenas es el tema central de esta selección, que se dirige a un público joven.
Strengthening distinct Indigenous identity is the central theme of this playlist, directed toward a younger audience.
Language is a lens that allows us to make sense of and interpret the world.