Recovering Voices is a collaborative Smithsonian initiative that connects language communities and scholars who have a mutual interest in documenting, revitalizing, and sustaining languages and the knowledge embedded in them.
Recovering Voices’ Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity. Beginning on the United Nations International Mother Languages Day (February 21), films will be screened at various locations in Washington, DC.
Screenings at the National Museum of Natural History
February 22: To Live with Herds documents the Jie, a semi-nomadic pastoral people in northeastern Uganda striving to maintain their way of life in the face of unsympathetic government policy and, at the time of filming, a dry-season famine. Directed by David MacDougall.
February 25: The NEXT GEN Shorts Program features a series of eight short films by young directors, including Miwok Pride, pictured above.