Posts tagged ‘film’

Inupiaq language short film “Sikumi”

I’m not sure if this is the first film ever done in Inupiaq or not, but it might be the only one available for free on youtube. It’s a short film, about 15 minutes, about a murder that takes place on the frozen sea. In fact, the title itself means “on the ice”.Personally, I find the fact that the dialogue is in an indigenous language much more interesting than the story itself.

Incidentally, in 2008 Sikumi won the Jury Prize for short filmmaking at Sundance.

Youtube video.

Official website.

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December 21, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

The Linguists

I’m obviously a little late to the game here. Have you heard of the film The Linguists? It’s a 2008 documentary following two linguists (Greg Anderson and David Harrison) around the world studying endangered languages. Greg Anderson and David Harrison are both involved with the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.

A blurb from the IMDB entry says…

David and Greg are “The Linguists,” who document languages on the verge of extinction. In the rugged landscapes of Siberia, India, and Bolivia, their resolve is tested by institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.

Perhaps that description makes the film sound a little more exciting than it actually is. But still, I don’t know of anything else like it out there. There are only two North American indigenous languages mentioned in the film itself or the outtakes: Chemehuevi and Miami. A third language, Kallawaya, in South America is also addressed.

The entire film can be watched online for free at Babelgum! When you’re finished, don’t miss the segments that apparently didn’t make the final cut down at the bottom of the screen.


August 17, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Sci-fi film to be made in Tsilhqot’in

According to a CBCNews.ca article, a sci-fi film is being shot in Prince Rupert, BC completely in the Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) language. Thanks to James Crippen of the Zero Morpheme blog for sending this alert out to members of his ATHAPBASCKAN-L list.

Mentioned in the CBC article above is the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival which showcases film and new media works by indigenous peoples.

August 2, 2009 at 12:41 am 3 comments